Listen and Ye Shall Hear . . .

‘Tis scared she’d been,
two hundred years ago.
He’d locked her away
in the family mausoleum,
she crying to be free.
Abandoned, starved,
she suffered a godforsaken death.
Her curdling wails still heard
in howling winds on stormy nights
at Charter Street Burial Ground.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today De asks us to use the word “scare” or a form of the word, in a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title.

Photo was taken a number of years ago when we visited the Dissidents’ Cemetery in Valparaiso, Chile. Image is of a lock on a mausoleum, obviously not opened in many many years.

Also note: the Charter Street Cemetery is Salem, Massachusetts’ oldest cemetery, founded in 1637. Salem is of course, the home of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

17 thoughts on “Listen and Ye Shall Hear . . .

  1. Grace October 31, 2022 / 3:08 pm

    That is a really scary to hear Lillian. Love the backstory of the lock.


    • lillian October 31, 2022 / 3:42 pm

      Hi Grace….eyes all cattywonkers now with surgery done on one eye, eye drops all the time….will be sooooo glad to have second eye done on Nov 16 and get eyes stabilized. Hard to read….so I’ll be reading some but won’t be able to read everyone. 😦


  2. whimsygizmo October 31, 2022 / 3:09 pm

    Whew! This is chilling, Lillian. I love the way you’ve begun, as though we are already part of the story…


  3. Gillena Cox October 31, 2022 / 4:06 pm

    Wow!!! Thats chilling.

    Thanks fir dropping by my blog today.



  4. Tricia Sankey October 31, 2022 / 5:45 pm

    Creepy! I agree with Bjorn, great Poe vibes in this one! 🖤


  5. adda October 31, 2022 / 6:56 pm

    Sent chills up my spine.. so descriptive… hope eye drops and surgery helps


  6. Rob Kistner October 31, 2022 / 7:54 pm

    Frightening Lil — entombed alive… 😱😱…✌🏼❤️👻👽🎃


  7. msjadeli November 1, 2022 / 7:49 pm

    If I listen closely, I can hear her from here. Poor doomed soul 😦


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