My Kitchen

RDP Friday: IMP

Shadow, 1954
Boris Petrovich Sveshnikov ( 1928 – 1998 )

In my kitchen

under the floor

down in the basement with the treacherous stairs

A little face always scuttles away when it sees a light.


Sometimes it smiles

and sometimes it laughs

sometimes it sings

and gives me a fright


My Grandma named it Tippy

her Mother named it Sham

one night my Mother stomped on the floor

and named it’ Give Me Back My Hand’.


There is a little imp

that lives all alone downstairs

at least I think it’s alone, I prey it’s alone

It better hope  for it’s sake it is.

Sea of Trees


Sea of Trees

It has been estimated that every year 100 corpses are found in the  ” Sea of Trees ” in Japan and that about a half mile into the forest traces of human life like debris left behind by hikers  begin to disappear-  in fact at that point the hikers- some of who had every intention of coming back out  disappear too.

It because the forest is so dense.

But my mind always goes to the trees themselves- maybe it goes there so that I won’t spend a lot of time thinking about what goes on under them or from their branches.

My mind goes to damaged trees- trees damaged through acts of nature or human carelessness.

I remember learning that when a tree is injured it will bleed pitch to close up it’s wounds and I have to wonder-are the trunks of the trees Aokigahara as smooth as glass


do they feel like any tree in any forest where people do not go to give up the ghost.

Photographer Unknown

33 facts Weird Facts About Aokigahara 

My Sleeping House


Gertrude Abercrombie

Brush away the cobwebs from  the dark corners in my attic?

Sweep away the dust that twinkles like far away stars in an inky black midnight sky from my cracked windows and scarred woodwork?

Open the doors, all of the doors even the ones that creak  and squeak on their rusted hinges all on their own?

Why on Earth would I take a broom to my house and risk waking it up? Can you tell me? Why would I do that?


Even a dead house deserves to rest in peace

no matter how awful it was in life.