Snow Ghost

Bella Shepard

A snowy day, a morning walk

And pray, what did I see?

A wind blown shape upon the road

Right there ahead of me

 

It looked just like a little ghost

So I thought I’d have some fun

I bent to give it eyes and mouth

And smiled when I was done

 

As I turned to walk away

I though I heard a sound

The morning, cold and silent

There was no one else around

 

And as I stood in wonderment

The little ghost did speak

A tiny voice so thin and soft

I mistook it for a squeak

 

As I listened carefully

Words began to form

Could this be real, or just a dream

My thoughts began to swarm

 

Perhaps I should walk on

Pay the little ghost no mind

After all it’s just a fantasy

Or so I was inclined

 

“Did you put me here”, she asked

“How did I come to be

On this cold and snowy day

Would you like to play with me”

 

Then her little mouth

Became a great big smile

"Will you keep me company

If only for a while"

 

So the little ghost and I

Spent some time that day

Sharing rhymes and riddles

As the time just slipped away

 

The sun crept higher in the sky

And warmed the road below

Her little form began to fade

The time had come to go

 

As I continued down the road

I slowly turned to see

The little ghost, a shadow now

Was looking back at me

 

And as I walked I thought of this

That life is brief you know

A little stain upon the earth

Until it’s time to go

 

  • Author: Bella Shepard (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 11th, 2024 10:30
  • Comment from author about the poem: The first two stanzas are true, I took the pic. And the rest, well.......
  • Category: Unclassified
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  • Users favorite of this poem: Accidental Poet, Teddy.15, Doggerel Dave.
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Comments9

  • Accidental Poet

    I can picture this scene so easily in my mind. The little friend of a ghost to brighten your day. Now forever a small ghostly friend at your side everywhere you go. Excellent poem Bella. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

    • Bella Shepard

      Your comment just makes me smile all over, such sweet and tender words. Thank you, dear friend!

    • orchidee

      Looks a bit like a cat to me! lol. A tale (not tail!): A little girl did not want to go to church. She did not want to meet the ghost - the Holy Ghost/the Holy Spirit!

      • Bella Shepard

        Now if I'd heard a "meow" it would have been a completely different story. And if she'd been a naughty little girl she'd have good reason to avoid the Holy Spirit (growing I was taught Holy Ghost, but that was back in the middle ages, now I'm dating myself). Take care Orchi, and be good, you never know who's watching. lol

        • orchidee

          I remember when..... I was in the Middle Ages....do you too?! lol.

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        • Lorenz

          Nice text with some ''little prince" accents !

          • Bella Shepard

            So good of you to read, my friend, your comment is greatly appreciated!

          • Thomas W Case

            Great metaphor and symbolism.

            • Bella Shepard

              Thank you so much Thomas, it was such a nice little oddity that I had to do something with it. Take care my friend, have a great Sunday

            • sorenbarrett

              A great message again as an allegory and ending so well in the last lines.
              "And as I walked I thought of this
              That life is brief you know
              A little stain upon the earth
              Until it’s time to go"

              • Bella Shepard

                You are the kindest my friend, and you always inspire me. Thank you!!

              • Neville


                I must confess, upon my first reading, I inadvertently let out an almost silent expletive that I more often write down than ever I actually say put loud .. so for that, I hold my head in shame ..

                My visit here this early mane has been a real treat for me Bella on what is possibly going to be our first dry day in ages .. We have had no snow here for years but you took my hand and allowed me to walk alongside you .. and I could see and sense every single thing you described .. (your photo was incredible too) ..

                indeed, I thought the whole composition worthy of great merit and you should at the very least enter it into a competition ..

                There is only one small thing that
                I would challenge you on .. and I know you well enough by now to know, that you know really ..

                and that is that it's not just the first two stanza's that are true is it my friend .. the one at the very end that delivers the coup de grace is also so very true too and no small thing by any means, at all ..

                All the very best of All Good Things,

                Me πŸ™‚

                • Bella Shepard

                  Dear You, I'm sitting here with my head in my hands, and tears just about to fall, overwhelmed and so very touched by the sentiment of your words. You've given me something truly unexpected, there aren't enough words in the world to thank you. Never hold your head down in shame Dear Nev, you are beloved in every way. You've given this old lady an incredible start to my day. God bless dear friend!

                  • Neville


                    .............................. πŸ˜πŸ‘x

                  • Goldfinch60

                    It is amazing what words you can find when you see the way Nature shows itself to us Bella.

                    Andy

                    • Bella Shepard

                      You are so very right dear Andy. I know that you cherish as I do all that nature is, and to share that is a gift extraordinare. Thank You!!

                    • Teddy.15

                      Kudos on your rhyme dear Bella and the wisdom and the imagery. Superb and a true thrill to read. 🌹

                      • Bella Shepard

                        Thank you so much Teddy, it is a joy to share with you!

                      • Doggerel Dave

                        Already has been highlighted that final stanza Bella, so all I can do is second (or third, or join the queue in endorsing that motion...) But the whole poem engaged and ensured that I got there. Wondrously simple, but greatly admired.

                        • Bella Shepard

                          Thank you so much dear friend for your kind of words. So very glad you are there, to share. Take care!

                          • Doggerel Dave

                            Ending in a surfeit of rhyme - thanks, Bella - I'm overwhelmed. 😊

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