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    Default Kind of a ghost poem for late October

    This is from another forum that has a writers' section. Among the ongoing topics is one called "Ten Word Exercise"--a moderator posts a list of ten words and the challenge is to write something using them all, in any form. I find it an invaluable way to get things started. The list this time was "bathe, fantastic, ghost, spooky, coffee, hazelnut, joy, living, climb, Mount St. Helens."



    When I was a broke fantastic ghost
    Swaying and stumbling through the fantastic streets of the sixties, spewing
    daft poetry and gnomic utterances like a bearded Mount St. Helens
    and all was joyous with patchouli and hazelnuts
    and black chicory coffee in the leaning mountains of dawn--
    ah little did I guess how long and costly the living,
    how heavy the climb.
    All the baths of glory,
    bright spooks of illumination,
    gone.
    Ah ghosts! Where are you?
    Can you visit us again,
    reach through again this gritty veil,
    bathe me again in the old pungent smoke and breath, red wine,
    water of life--
    It's gone sad and spooky here--
    let me step through,
    and be a ghost again.
    “We go to the garrick now and become warbs.”--James Thurber

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    Default Re: Kind of a ghost poem for late October

    Reminds me of the song "Borderlands" by Caswell and Carnahan.
    "Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little." -Epicurus-

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    I didn't know about that song, or Caswell and Carnahan either. Listening to it now. Thanks!
    “We go to the garrick now and become warbs.”--James Thurber

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    Default Re: Kind of a ghost poem for late October

    Nice. I don't know if adding "patchouli" the list list was cheating or not, but it adds a nice touch, and a little nostalgia.
    Fortibus es in ero

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