Fay Slimm.





any old place,
put an ear to the walls
as all sorts of
re-echo in masonry.

unseen tappings,
reveal ancient trysts
but just become  
for oddest of happenings.

to seek after,
capture a phantom's
never dried
or burst of wild laughter.

gone vibes inside
abandoned half-castles 
and listen
as night falls 
to sprites as they sigh. 

embedded remains
of peopled hearthstones,
those ghostly
cold life-forms
have real tales to relate. 




  • orchidee

    Good write Fay.

  • L. B. Mek

    what a subtle and contemplative last stanza,
    akin to Thomas Gray's 'Elegy written in Country Churchyard':
    'For thee, who mindful of
    th' unhonour'd Dead
    Dost in these lines their artless tale relate' -

    • Fay Slimm.

      Am honoured you feel this attempt is akin to Gray's Elegy and thank you for saying so............... the feel of what's left behind of human life in certain places can superimpose a subtle essence on those who are aware.

    • Neville

      Spooky or what...

      this would be a good un to read round the campfire any night of the year ..

      but darest thee not on a moonless night on October the firty first All Hallows delight ...... 🙂


      • Fay Slimm.

        Oooooh I dare to agree - time and place must be right for reciting Remains - - and as for All Hallow's Eve -well reading it then would raise the fear of exposing my goosebumps............. mucho thank yous mon ami for your read of my ghost-poem and for the lovely long comment..........x

      • MendedFences27

        Wow Fay! why so Dark? I have a daughter that is a Ghost Hunter. belongs to a Paranormal Society and travels to visit haunted sites. She comes back with all sorts of scary tales, that I refuse to listen to. And now, you are speaking as though it's all true. Your English castles, homes, and graveyards must be a splendid source of many a paranormal happening. Many ghost stories to be related. Hauntings of all sorts.
        Your poem speaks of the likes that can occur and are reported to be true. I lived the greater portion of my life in Salem, Massachusetts which is endowed with many haunted buildings and graveyards, and has a month long festival known as Haunted Happenings, every October ending on Halloween. So that's all I have to say except BOO! -Phil A.

        • Fay Slimm.

          Thanks for sharing your own opinion of those ghostie and goulie visits your daughter brings back home Phil - - Rather than from any personal experience the words on Remains came after reading what some folk believe about vibrations that stay in old walls etc. and as ancient remains have a name for harbouring tales of sprites I thought I would try an imagined first tense preamble on the paranormal . Hoping this helps explain all the dark.

        • Goldfinch60

          I often go round old buildings and wonder what tales those walls could tell of passed life within them.
          Fine words Fay.


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