Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spooked Spirits

Key by key, letter to letter
the ghostwriter types away
spooky untold tales long buried,
while a player piano in the corner
key by key, note to note
booms low bass clef chords
incense burning, lights dimming;
spirits chase scary folk away.

@laurie kolp


Picture prompt inspiration: Magpie Tales

31 comments:

Glynn said...

Having been a speechwriter for a great potionof my career, I can testify to the need of a musician to sit in a corner and chase the scary spirits away.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Well composed... Love it! :-)

JJRod'z

Eva Gallant said...

I like it!

Sioux said...

How can I get one of those spirited ghostwriters over to MY house? NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow! Yikes!

Clever idea.

Martin said...

Nice, and very appropriate for this coming Halloween.

christopher said...

Incantation will ever be present in the toolkit of the wordsmith.

robkistner said...

slowly creeps the witching hour...

anthonynorth said...

You brought the time of year into this perfectly.

insanebloom said...

Yeah...I like it!!

Other Mary said...

Oh, I like this so much. Goes great with the prompt of an empty chair and typewriter, and love the play on 'ghost writer'!

jen revved said...

A wonderful take on the prompt, Laurie! xxxxj

thingy said...

Wicked!

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderfully done, Laurie. I love the idea of the player piano. (I've always wanted one.)
And I can really relate to "ghostwriter"!

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Lena said...

Blends in nicely to cater for our spooked few days to come!

Tumblewords: said...

Player piano - perfect! Nice piece, to be sure.

Mama Zen said...

Excellent!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Two kinds of keys working in tandem! An interesting scenario!

WINDOWLAD said...

..loved the repetitions of some lines.. and your take goes easily with the prompt.. great take!(:

~Kelvin

Doctor FTSE said...

Suppose she suddenly spots that the typewriter is playing the tune and the player-piano is . . . Ooerrr!

Jinksy said...

Ghost writers, indeed! :)

Nanka said...

"incense burning, lights dimming" a perfect stage scenario for the sequence of possible events unravelling in the spooky tales!!

The Bug said...

Spooky! I love the smell of incense - I wonder if it would inspire my writing?

Other Mary said...

I'm imagining the 'ghost' writer as a ghost, so the typewriter going on its own, and the piano playing on its own..., lol, flickering lights...perfect take for All Hallows Eve!

Lyn said...

Oh, this one is really fun, and clever..you are a star!!

Margaret said...

Something eery in this photo, for sure. Fun!

Brian Miller said...

ooo...nice and haunting magpie...mine is a cymballed monkey that sits in the corner clanging and chittering...bwahaha...smiles.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love it!! I would need a ghost writer if I had to go back to using a typewriter... :)

Jo Bryant said...

Laurie I love the two types of keys and their entaglement...

Isabel Doyle said...

those untold tales are the most gripping

Arnab Majumdar said...

For some strange reason, I read this one in Tom Waits' voice.

I have to say, it made for a very interesting experience! :D

Cheers,
Arnab Majumdar on SribbleFest.com

Kristen Haskell said...

spooky and chilly...I love it.