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Haunted House

Within the darkest hour,
of the darkest night,
whispers creep through the crevices,
bringing devastating truths to light.

Floor boards creak,
from unseen feet.
Colorless lips rasp in spite,
giving way to an invisible fight.

Secrets kept, to mourn in silence.
Slip through the cracks
while others pull the knife
in and out of your back.

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The poem "Haunted House" effectively utilizes the metaphor of a haunted house to convey a sense of mystery and unease. The use of dark imagery and language such as "darkest hour," "darkest night," and "unseen feet" contributes to the overall eerie atmosphere of the poem.

The structure of the poem is consistent, with each stanza composed of four lines. This consistency aids in the readability of the poem and allows the reader to focus on the content rather than the form.

The poem could benefit from more varied sentence structure. The majority of the lines in the poem are of similar length and follow a similar pattern. Varying the sentence structure could add interest and further engage the reader.

The poem's theme of betrayal and hidden truths is effectively conveyed through the metaphor of the haunted house. However, the transition from the haunted house metaphor to the theme of betrayal in the final stanza is somewhat abrupt. Providing more transition or context could make this shift more seamless.

The use of the phrase "pull the knife in and out of your back" is a common cliché. While clichés can sometimes be effective, in this case, it might detract from the originality of the poem. Consider revising this phrase to something more unique to the poem's context and theme.

The poem's language is generally clear and concise, which aids in the reader's comprehension. However, the phrase "Colorless lips rasp in spite" is somewhat ambiguous. Clarifying this phrase could improve the poem's overall clarity.

Overall, the poem effectively uses dark imagery and a consistent structure to convey a sense of unease and mystery. With some revisions to sentence structure, transitions, and language, the poem could be further improved.

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A concise and impactful poem, liked your word choices, the images stark. atmospheric and the ending had a nice twist as well. Enjoyable piece, well done.

Sometimes it isn't ghosts that haunt our house..it is the secrets stored within its walls...

~RoseBlack~

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Your poem is best savored by reading it in hushed tone of voice in a room with mello music softly playing in the background.... my favorite lines are:

Secrets kept, to mourn in silence.
Slip through the cracks
while others pull the knife
in and out of your back.

*hugs and kudos, Cat

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How you think. I tried a different approach with this. When we think of haunted, we think of entities or bogeymen. We don't think of the secrets our houses keep for us within its walls.

~RoseBlack~

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1. I'm so glad this is just a poem
2. I read this an felt as though it was more about a haunted soul or an alternate state...as opposed to a physical house. But, what are bodies-if not mere corporeal cacoons that hold our 'selves'!

I really loved what you did here

Koki

Thank you for your comment and read! Our houses know so much about us and keep our secrets...this poem was written to touch on those.

~RoseBlack~

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Hi, Carrie,
I second everything that Koki stated - I am glad this is just a poem. The ending is truly eerie. Whoa...
Thank you!
L

For the warm comments and as always for reading. If walls could talk ..the stories they would tell...

~RoseBlack~

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I’m sure you know the one, the fellow is lying on the ground in prone position with ten long swords driven through his back into the earth.

It can mean a few different things. First and foremost, it can mean you’ve been the victim or some backstabbing. It can also mean you’ve been the one going behind others backs. Finally, it can mean like you’re stuck in the “victim” mentality, unable to move forward from old or continued attacks or wounds.

The poem is brilliant as usual and I can sense the necessity of it. Some things simply must be expressed.

Hang in there
Tim

remember, the meaning of the card is tempered by the cards surrounding it, and their meanings. I used to love doing readings for others, because of the wonderfully vivid stories the cards told! I developed my own spread to use bot major and minor arcana, the full deck.

*hugs, Cat

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Be interested in a reading. I'm fascinated and curious to see what they would say.

~RoseBlack~

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I would love to read your cards, I just do not know how to do it without being in the same room with you. Let me think on it... I wish you were one of my neighbors.

*love & hugs, Cat

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Love for there to be a way. Are you able to do any type of virtual meeting so we could at least see each other?

~RoseBlack~

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I do not know if it is working or not. I think we need a third party to type the reading to you while I have a board on my lap to lay the cards upon (replace my computer with the board) while Steve types to you the results? I will ask him if he will help!

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We can use chat and that would be great. Let me know when and I can be present.

~RoseBlack~

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That is a really good analysis. I am not overly familiar with tarot so I learned something new, which is always awesome. I don't like the victim mentality, sometimes I think I hold myself accountable for things that I am not responsible for just to avoid that mind set or to appear that I'm stuck there. This has much to do with those who have wounded and continuously defended and my disgust with it all. At the moment, I am stuck but ever looking for ways to change the situation..thank you for the read,.comment and teaching me something new.

~RoseBlack~

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The thing that I like about this poem is that it uses a technique used in the older horror movies: Let the imagination of the viewer/reader do most of the work, and yours does exactly that. Well done!

Thanx,
Steve

I definitely am feeling that. Great observation

Happy holidays!
Tim

This one rolled right out of my mind onto the paper. The traditional ghost stories didn't seem to fit. Thank you for the read and comment!

~RoseBlack~

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Sad but well done!
Mark

Read/Comment it's a win win

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I was here now I disappear..

Glad you enjoyed

~RoseBlack~

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but it is not just a poem...is it?...

*hugs, Cat

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When someone reads your work
And responds, please be courteous
And reply in kind, thanks.

It's more then that.

~RoseBlack~

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Rose, your poem as usual is exceptional. The last stanza really sets the poem into the haunted
Segments of the mind!

As always, thank you for the read and praise. I am glad you liked this.

~RoseBlack~

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