All I Have Ever Known

Halloween Prompt #29

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There is something about a room

decorated

with wax flowers under glass

and portraits of stern ladies with lace collars

hanging from walls hiding behind faded wallpaper

and outfitted with chairs that aren’t

comfortable to sit in

and couches that are meant to be looked at

that makes me hunger for the days

when ghosts could haunt places

like dark cavernous bus stations on stormy nights

and the bus is going to be late, if it shows up at all

and long empty hallways at hotels where the elevator takes ages to reach the

floor they’ve been called too and it’s just you and that

lady with her face to the wall mumbling the time over and over again

waiting for it, will it show up you wonder.

It’s a shame

that with all of the places I could haunt

the only places I have to chose from

are already dead.

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