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Cat and Ghost Game

on October 12, 2022

It was strange

The way the candle light

Seemed to bounce across the ceiling,

In leaps and bounds,

Like a playful poltergeist

Putting on a show.

In the background,

Where we sat,

The eerie black shadows

Seemed to lie in wait,

Like a big black cat,

Ready to pounce

At any moment

On the poor elusive spirit.

We waited anxiously on the sofa,

A silent audience,

And watched the cat and ghost

Game before us.

The cat lay still before the dancing ghost,

Licked its lips as it watched its prey

Dance closer and closer to Death,

Raised its haunches, flicked its tail,

And with one subtle gust of breath,

Pounced suddenly and completely

Atop the overconfident ghost,

Extinguishing it forever.

We smiled, then closed our lips, drew close,

And pressed them hard together

Beneath the warm black darkness

Which covered us, like a blanket.

Alone at last, we sniffed

The lingering odor of scented wax

And began a new game, called love.

1980

Dawn Pisturino

October 12, 2022

Copyright 1980-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

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21 responses to “Cat and Ghost Game

  1. aparna12 says:

    Wow! This is such a lovely poem, dear Dawn. I love it. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Phil says:

    Wonderfully creative poetry & perfect for the season, Dawn ~ thanks for sharing! ✍🏼👻🎃🍂🍁

    Liked by 2 people

  3. utahan15 says:

    scented candle wafting upon a mantle

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Michele Lee says:

    Wonderful writing, Dawn. Love the ending! 💞 The beginning made me think of Plato’s “Cave.”

    Liked by 2 people

  5. KK says:

    Wonderful imagery, Dawn! Love it ❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Such beautiful Imagery for the season Dawn 💗

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Jeff Flesch says:

    That’s so lovely!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. kvbclarke says:

    Very special Dawn. Spooky and at the same time, sweet.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. tallisman says:

    You painted a beautiful picture, really well done!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Great poem! Only thing I would probably add is a picture or two just to give the body more meaning. Other than that, it’s great!

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