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Haunted

A poetic response to Spooktober Week 2

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As darkness falls, I hear your call
clickity-clackity, tap tap tap
but are you real or an illusion?
just a specter of my depraved mind

I’ve lived with your visions of doom
forever in daydreams and nightmares
there is no reprieve from your madness
or is this unsoundness all mine?

O my skeletal friend, deathly wonder
how can I rid myself of you
when once I harbored you so closely
allowed your claws to keep me near?

Clickity-clackity, tap tap tap
Will my soul make it ‘til morning
or am I forever in your grasp?
‘Lo the light, be gone, my darkly one!

©2021 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

This poetic madness is in response to Diana C.’s Spooktober Week #2 prompt — Skeletal claws of darkness

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Lori Carlson writes Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Creative Non-Fiction and Personal Essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Nature, Loss, Death, and the LGBTQ+ community. Check out her personal Medium blog here.

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