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10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  BC Williams on Thu Oct 20 2011, 19:10

First topic message reminder :


"WHO Said BOO?"
A Halloween Prompt
A long time ago, someone thought it would be cool to have a special night where little ghosts and goblins could run from door to door begging treats or tricks . . .
Around a dark corner a might lurk
a black might cross your path
a might swoop down beside your feet

or a might conjure her wrath!
On every step creaking, sit -
their eyes search for ghoulies of night,
and eager children dressed up for the eve
will gobble their with
affraid


Good Luck . . . and be so very careful BOoooooooooo!
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  peewee on Tue Oct 25 2011, 18:07

Just made a little switcharoo hope you don't mind SmileyCentral.com
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  BC Williams on Tue Oct 25 2011, 18:28

What What, I missed something:-)

Anyway, here is a schedule for our prompts. WHO wants to step up to plate? It won't turn into a firing squad thing for at least 24 hours, lol!

Sue . . .
Jin . . .
Jenna . . .
Fred . . .
Dori . . .
Ali . . .
Cheryl . . .
Richie . . .

Let us know. give flowers

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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  Dori on Tue Oct 25 2011, 21:43

Everyone beating with this one, I'm trying to get this one completed, having a little trouble with it BEV, but will work out the ghost or what have you. lol

There is a very old empty factory behind my house next street over, that I'm writing...........er........TRYING to write about.
I'll try to have it completed BEFORE Halloween... deep thought
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  Sue McDonald on Wed Oct 26 2011, 01:20

I am about to type a poem in that I have wanted to write about for a while, its a little long so I apoligise now, hope it strikes a chord with you at this time of year !! Here it goes .....
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  Jenna French on Wed Oct 26 2011, 03:25

i really do think this has been most popular 1 so far :)
loving all of them xxx
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Uncle Albert

Post  Sue McDonald on Wed Oct 26 2011, 08:22



I have a ghostly story, of a spirit if you please,
it's true, it's what I went through, as a child in my teens.
As Halloween is lurking, thought that I would share
what me and my friend Sarah went through, boy was I scared.

I stayed with my friend Sarah, at her Auntys house in Wales,
a grand old house with creaky boards, a house so full of tales.
We went for walks, did girly things, laughed and talked and giggled,
when evening darkness folded in, did scarey things and quivered.

What I'm about to tell you, I swear to you is true,
over thirty years it happened, in my mind is still brand new.
We went to bed one evening, exhausted from the day,
we laid upon the springy bed, felt a coil or two.

We both were very tired, Sarah more than I,
I couldn't get to sleep, no matter how I tried.
The noise outside was distant, the room felt cold and quiet,
I layed there thinking overtime, my mind was running wild.

Our room had three large windows, all on one long wall,
our bed was large and squeaky, high up off the floor.
I lay there watching shadows, dance on window pains,
branches tapped on window sill, noise played in my brain.

Outside the wind gained speed, raindrops pitter pattered,
I jumped as Sarah snored, she was on another plateau.
The wardrobe door with mirror, reflected back the moon,
the floorboards started creaking, there was something in our room.

I layed like a corpse in a morgue, my breath heavy and cold,
I stared across to the window, where a figure was standing so bold !
The manly shape that it formed, with a peaked cap on his head,
was staring out of far window, I couldn't breath, I was so full of dread.

''Sarah'', I whispered, then kicked, ''wakeup theres someone in here,''
''Go to sleep Sue,'' she said, tiredly, ''no need to feel any fear.''
''GO TO SLEEP !'' she has to be joking, can't breath or swallow, I'm choaking
theres a man in our room, not saying a word, Oh My God, now he is floating

He removed the cap with the peak, hung it up on the door with the hook, floated to his place at the window, I passed out into sleep, please no more.

In the morning the sun woke us both, shining through gap in the curtain,
I stretched, rememberd with fear, that happened last night, I was certain.
It wasn't my mind playing games, I remember, I called Sarah's name,
I look at her now, as she raised her brow, ''why did you kick me you cow'' ?

''Last night, did you see what I saw ?'', she jumped from the bed to the floor,
''No'', she giggled and laughed, ''just get dressed and don't be so daft !''
So I dressed with a memory so heavy, I know what I saw and did feel,
this shape that invaded our room, stayed there all cold and so deathly.

We joined Aunty for breakfast at eight, yummy bacon and eggs on our plate,
Sarah whisperd and laughed with Aunty, inside me last nights image a dancing
As we enjoyed our breakfast, Aunty was in her own world with her thoughts
she seemed to have drifted somewhere, happy as the smile that was caught

We had just finished clearing the table, as Sarah called out to Aunt Mable,
''Sue met Uncle last night, he gave her a terrible fright''.
Aunt Mable sat back in her armchair, with a saddening smile of loss,
''Oh pet, did you see my Albert?'', ''you must be one special lass''.

I turned and looked at Sarah, felt the goosebumps on my arms,
''Don't worry'', said Aunt Mable, ''he won't do you any harm''.
''Every night since he was taken, he comes to visit us,
stands at his bedroom window, watching his trains without a fuss''.

''You see it was his passion, he loved to watch his trains,
daily after tea, he would watch them along the lines''.
He would stand with cap on head, tip it as they passed,
his eyes would gleem with pleasure, he was taken far to fast''.

A sadness overwhelmed me, this gentle quiet form,
hadn't come to harm me, he just carried on the norm,
spending time with his Mable, whom he so loved,
watch his trains as normal, then go home to heaven above.

The vision that I saw that night, was not Halloween with her fright,
was a man with two loves in his life, his trains and his beautiful wife.
Theres no way I could know of his ritual, or where in the room that he stood,
didn't know that he wore a peaked cap, or infact that he'd be there that night

The old house in Wales is still standing, Aunt Mable bequeathed it to Sarah,
the trains still pass by the window, Uncle Albert still visits there daily,
if your walking down their street, take a glance to the second floor window,
no longer one lonely lost soul, two lovers reunited by the railway.


© by Sue McDonald..........26/10/11







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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  jinettyx on Wed Oct 26 2011, 08:42

Absolutely breath-takingly beautiful poem Sue.....was truely worth the wait girl!!! Love, love, love it!!! clapping clapping clapping clapping Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  Dori on Wed Oct 26 2011, 08:47

I like this Sue, lovely poem about the one taken too soon.... Like a Star @ heaven clapping
The pic of the house just showed, beautiful house....I wish Uncle Albert were at the window waiting to have his pic taken too..


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A HAUNTING

Post  Dori on Wed Oct 26 2011, 11:20

The door creaks open so very slow yet no one is there,
I see a face looking back at me from on the bed.
Who or what could it be ?
Something touched me on my back
Do I dare to even take a chance on turning around ?

Can you smell something unusual, like something that's very old ?
There is tapping coming from inside the wall,
that never happened to me at all.
I think that this place is haunted to some degree,
There is something happening here I must agree !



© SEPT 20,2007 BY Dori Maschke
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  BC Williams on Wed Oct 26 2011, 12:49

Wow Sue, this is truly an epic poem you've written! I'm not much on ghost stories as I have strong beliefs about what's really going on, but I do know these things happen. I'm sure it was a very traumatic thing for a young girl to witness!

Don't apologize for the length. Do you know how many would love to be able to write an epic poem? Some can, some can't . . . the trick is not repeating information from above, and you've done a good job of that! In your PM, you asked for an edit. The biggest suggestion I could offer is to make sure all punctuation is to the inside of the parenthesis. There are a few places you could tighten, but the piece is written pretty good:-) Sure makes an impact, and the picture only adds to the ambiance.

Wonderfully written Sue. Thank you so much for sharing this remembrance with us.

BIG hug bev
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  BC Williams on Wed Oct 26 2011, 12:53

Dori . . . :booooo: , lol!

You know, you're getting really good with rhyme and line layout. I'm so happy to see this. There is a place for paragraph poetry, and you do it well, but you're doing wonderfully at this new style too. Hope you embrace it even more!

Huggies girl, bev
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  Dori on Wed Oct 26 2011, 13:13

Thanks Bev, as the saying goes "watch and learn !"
So that's what I have been doing here of late.

Hugs "Auntie" Bev

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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  peewee on Wed Oct 26 2011, 13:19

God I hope you haven't been watching me lol
Nice work Dori

Sue, sorry but I couldn't read all your poem in one go, it took me three attempts, but it is good
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  Dori on Wed Oct 26 2011, 13:40

Yep, both you and Bev, and everyone else here.
Thanks Peter, I'm tyring to get better at writing...
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RE: Who Said Boo

Post  RichieO on Thu Oct 27 2011, 06:29

THE SIGNALMAN

I am the signalman who controls a small stretch a railway line. I work from a Signal box along the line and pass the trains safely along. Inside my box there are, big levers and instruments, that help me see. For this is a box of old, which if told its signals, are of Semaphore. For when the bells ring its tells me of an approaching train. My box is on a lonely stretch of line close to a viaduct and between the towns of Settle and Carlisle.
The countryside around is bare and remote high up on the Yorkshire Dales

It was on a dark and cold winters night the story is told. The snow lay all round thick and deep. The Signalman was in his box awaiting the next train to pass. The weather outside was cold. The wind was blowing across the Moor, bringing more snow upon the air.
Inside the signal cabin a warm glow came from the fire in the corner. Hot water was on the boil which was on the stove. The signalman crossed the room to check the cabin log, no trains due for a hour or two.

Having made some tea and settled down to pass the time, he sipped on his tea. The sound of the wind howling outside was broken by the ringing of the telegraph bell. Ding.! Call attention it meant, startled by this the signalman wondered what it could be. Answering the call with a bell code to the signal box to the south, he waited for the bell to ring out the train to pass. The bells rang again this time it told of a train which be headed by steam engine. The signalman not worried has it was usual for Control not say of a special booked to pass. The signalman accepted the train and telegraphed the signal box to the north, the signalman also accepted the train.

Moving to the big signal levers the signalman did pull the route clear. Peering out of the cabin window to the south the signalman caught a glimpse of the approaching train. As it neared the train slowed and stopped outside the cabin. A magnificent looking steam engine stood there was eerie glow it came from firebox you know. The Fireman climbed down from the cab and came to cabin with a tea can in hand. “Aye up lad wilt thou ‘ave water on the boil” he said “Help yourself” the signalman replied. With that the Fireman filled his can and signed the cabin logbook.
“Cheerio lad” cried the Fireman has he left the cabin. Returning to the engine he did with tea can in hand. One blast on the engine whistle and the train disappeared along the track. The signalman then telegraphed the box to the north ‘Train entering section’ using the Block Telegraph. After awhile the signalman from the north rang and asked “Where’s the train” Stunned the signalman replied “It should be with you by now”. A great fear gripped the signalman’s heart what has happened to the train. Six rapid bells on the Block telegraph to signalman to the south indicating ‘Danger Obstruction”. Frantic telephone calls to Control were made but Control said no train was booked.
The signalman ran along the track and met the signalman from the north in the middle of the viaduct. No train was seen by both men it seems, but a look below the viaduct showed an eerie glow. They both saw this for a moment or so and then it was gone.
So what did this signalman see!!……..I let you ponder on that one??.

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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  jinettyx on Thu Oct 27 2011, 07:17

Aahhaa! A ghost train had passed and vanished over the viaduct........great chilling story young man!!!! well done!! :booooo: Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  Dori on Thu Oct 27 2011, 12:02

Hmmm, did I say that I liked trains better than planes............can I take that back ? lol

AWESOME story Rich, this reminds me of a ghost train called "Phantom Train 901 . clapping clapping clapping clapping
I will still ride on trains, I don't like planes that well.

By the way, I think that the train shows up on the anniversary of when it crashed.
I would have loved to see that. ! Very Happy
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Re: 10/20 "Who Said Boo?"

Post  Sue McDonald on Thu Oct 27 2011, 16:43

Beautiful writing Richard, I love it when you start to read a piece and you have
instant vision of what you are reading ...well done, I love it ! Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven clapping
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