Dinner With A Ghost

The ghost is eating pizza,
nodding silently
as if he approves
of our conversation.

I wish he’d say something,
but he chooses not to,
stays mum & sullen.

It’s hard not to assume
you’re responsible
in the face
of the silent treatment--

But I’ll brush it off,
focus my attention elsewhere
& hope that, in time,
he comes around.

My ten-year-old son gave me the first line, and approves of the resulting poem, though says he thinks it’s rather sad. This is for Corey’s prompt to the Real Toads: ALL IN THE FAMILY


  1. Neat. I agree that it's sad, especially for the anxious narrator. The ghost seems to be content. I wonder if the digestion process is visible in ghosts?

  2. Susan!!!!! OMG Thats gross, I love it. Marian, this is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for and I am going to hit up my kids this weekend when they are here as well. Damnable quiet ghosts......and you bought Pizza! It is a little sad...bravo Babyluv and tell your son he did good!

  3. who doesn't like pizza? not 10 year olds, certainly :) ~

  4. You and MZ have wonderful 10-year-olds. This is fabulous, my friend.
    Luv, K

  5. What a fantastic opener...Your son is very creative. Perhaps the ghost will come around or maybe he is stuck in his adolescence where being mum and giving the eye is perfectly normal. :)

  6. I remember those ghosts at the table...
    Anna :o]

  7. Ghosts are very hard to engage. Good line from your son- even ghosts like pizza. It's one of the things my then 10 yr old grandson liked about Italy.

  8. I think this is super cool! Not so hard to picture the scene either. Written with imagination and empathy - it's the whole package.

  9. Dellightful ... I think it's funny. A ten year old can conjure up the most amazing things! You finished his thoughts, beautifully.

  10. no fun being frozen out :) but, better to have empathy.


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