2.02.2013

ghost stories

Cousins, on holidays,
huddled in a flash-lit circle, 
poring over Fantasmagoria magazine,
watching Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark,
scaring the lights out of the little ones
who never forgot
the story of the Hairy Hand
or how it felt
having a big cousin like you
to tell us the dark tales.

This poem is my response to Laurie's request that the Real Toads write a phantasmagoric poem. That word brings up this memory strongly for me, so I just had to write about it. 

This poem is dedicated with love to my cousin Susan.

17 comments:

  1. Love it! The flash-lit circle, the lights out of, the Hairy Hand, a ousin like you! I can picture it.

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    1. hah, i should write the story of the Hairy Hand. :)

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  2. This made me SMILE so big! I love it, Cuz and I love you! ♥

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  3. Omg. We used to have Fantasmagoria at the book store I used to work at!

    Meanwhile, I am laboring like a field hand over your mini challenge.

    Sings (to the tune of the Subway tv ads):

    five!

    five dolla...

    five dolla cin-quains!

    any any any FIVE!

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    1. you can do it! i had you in my mind while writing the article... hah! Fireblossom will LURVE this!

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  4. This is great, Marian... thanks for sharing your special memories with your cousin.

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    1. thank you for the lovely prompt, Laurie. xo

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  5. I had cousins like this!!! Just a bit older than us and a whole lot wiser. Ironically, thought long passed on, their mother celebrates her birthday today. Kismet!

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  6. ooooh, that is cool, kismet indeed! we lead parallel lives...

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  7. Am I hallucinating, or did you write of this before? Can't beat ghost stories after dusk...

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  8. I love it! I used to play wicked pranks on my kids at bedtime, with my bent sense of humor......now I wonder what the heck I was thinking!

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  9. Scary at the time, but years later those memories are good for laughing about. :)

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  10. I have wonderful memories of a cousin and scary stories....playing werewolf in the dark...great write!

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  11. :) yay! i figured i wasn't the ONLY one with this kind of experience...
    though my Cuz is one of a kind, for sure. <3

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