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(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

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Ghost House

I dwell in a lonely house I know
That vanished many a summer ago,
And left no trace but the cellar walls,
And a cellar in which the daylight falls,
And the purple-stemmed wild raspberries grow.

O'er ruined fences the grape-vines shield
The woods come back to the mowing field;
The orchard tree has grown one copse
Of new wood and old where the woodpecker chops;
The footpath down to the well is healed.

I dwell with a strangely aching heart
In that vanished abode there far apart
On that disused and forgotten road
That has no dust-bath now for the toad.
Night comes; the black bats tumble and dart;

The whippoorwill is coming to shout
And hush and cluck and flutter about:
I hear him begin far enough away
Full many a time to say his say
Before he arrives to say it out.

It is under the small, dim, summer star.
I know not who these mute folk are
Who share the unlit place with me--
Those stones out under the low-limbed tree
Doubtless bear names that the mosses mar.

They are tireless folk, but slow and sad,
Though two, close-keeping, are lass and lad,--
With none among them that ever sings,
And yet, in view of how many things,
As sweet companions as might be had.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003


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  • indhu Karthik (1/20/2014 10:18:00 AM)

    its a quite pile of ghastly thoughts which even the readers could able to recreate.... loved the poem

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  • Anubis Overland (6/5/2013 8:47:00 AM)

    Great poem! Love this poem by Robert frost.

  • Dawn Lambert (1/1/2013 9:29:00 AM)

    took a great ghost story to something more.great!

  • * Sunprincess * (10/26/2012 8:56:00 PM)

    Wow enjoyed..a very picturesque ghost house and
    the inhabitants seem quite friendly even though
    they do not speak..you know they will not talk
    your head off..can't ask for better company..
    fabulous!

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