Writing prompt Sept 18


Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. Describe the ghosts that live in this house: Image credit: “love Don’t live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

At one point this house could have been a schoolhouse or perhaps a small railroad stop.  It would be in a rural area.  There would always be a breeze, sometimes an uncomfortable wind, because it’s in the middle of the field. 

A girl waits and waits for her soldier boy to return.  I can see her sitting on a bench, in a dress, with her purse in her lap. 

A teacher mourns one of her boys killed while working the fields.  She is tall, dressed in a shirt with a high small collar, tucked into a drab skirt that reaches the floor.  She’s kind of in black and white.  Or grays, I should say.  She paces back and forth, endlessly.

I see a passel of grubby children.  They are hungry at times.

These are the ghosts I see in this house. 


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