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An Eternal Echo

Rating: 4.7
I can't believe what I've just seen.
The physical capabilities can't be;
Logic defies what I saw,
But I know what I did see.

A stranger in a strange town;
I'm not the only one.
To gawk and gander and do touristy things
Is what New York City is all about.

Atop the Empire State Building is a must.
A historical building without a doubt
The view is simply breathtaking
And in more ways than one.

At the 86th floor on the observation deck.
You get sweeping views of the isle of Manhattan.
Barriers are in place to stop suicides
But that didn't stop this particular woman.

I saw her approach from the corner of my eye.
Something about her didn't seem right.
Her dress and hairstyle seemed out of place.
A snapshot of an older time.

She folded her coat and laid it down by her purse.
I couldn't help but notice her ruby-red lips.
She didn't hesitate or even sigh.
But leapt through the barrier and out of sight.

I cried out in disbelief.
Did anyone else see this woman leap? !
People looked at me as if I lost my mind,
As I ran around screaming that a woman just committed suicide.

The security guard took me aside,
I explained to him what had just transpired.
He looked at me with a knowing eye.
As I pulled his arm to look for her belongings.

He told me to calm down and listen to what he had to say;
That I'm not the only one to have seen this recurring play.
The woman committed suicide about 50 years ago,
And what I saw was an eternal echo.

The guard then showed me a picture of her face
And indeed it was her, there was no mistake.
That what I saw was her ghost
A spirit repeating her last waking moments.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Topic(s) of this poem: ghost,new york city,suicide
Yiyan Han 30 October 2020
Well made-up and very ghostly!
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Shaun Cronick 23 October 2020
Thomas well done! Your poem really caught me out and sold me a dummy as we say here in the U.K. For I thought you had been sponsored by the great city of New York to write a tourism poem and then you switched gears. Loved it, no splatter -fest needed just a well written good old fashioned ghost story/poem. Five worthy chilling stars and well deserved. Take care Thomas, enjoy life and thank you my friend.
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Thomas Coston 25 October 2020
Thanks Shaun, I like old fashioned ghost stories. That's why I like watching the 60's and 70's horror films, especially the ones with Vincent Price. I'm not really much into the blood and guts stuff. Again, thanks for commenting and look forward to more of your work.
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Khairul Ahsan 20 October 2020
The incident is unbelievable, but as a poem, your 'Eternal Echo' is a good one. The caption too.
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Cowboy Ron Williams 20 October 2020
Is this a true story or just your healthy imagination? Great story either way! May years ago I visited the Statue. Back then you could even go up into the torch! Great memories!
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Thomas Coston 25 October 2020
Thanks for commenting, Ron. I don't know why it takes so long for PH to post peoples comments, you'd think they would be up the following day so one can reply, after awhile one tends to forget to respond. This poem is loosely based on the suicide of Evelyn McHale. There is an iconic photograph of her as though she were laying in repose. It is truly a sad story. Thanks again for your comment.
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