Ghost House Poem by Robert Frost

Ghost House

Rating: 3.9

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.

* Sunprincess * 26 October 2012

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

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Dawn Lambert 01 January 2013

took a great ghost story to something more.great!

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Jack Shepherd 16 April 2020

The poem is about gathering " a crop" while you can (perhaps, your life?) , appreciating what you have gathered, and about death.

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Ruth Hare 26 October 2015

His poems are such mysterious riddlesome things. I could sit here all day trying to unpick them.

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Brian Jani 26 April 2014

Awesome I like this poem, check mine out

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indhu Karthik 20 January 2014

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

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Anubis Overland 05 June 2013

Great poem! Love this poem by Robert frost.

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