The Haunted

The Haunted

I live with ghosts. Ghosts aren’t spooks. They’re memories that you’ve clung onto so long they start to cling back. Hands you held so tightly, you can still feel their touch when they’re gone. Voices that ring through empty rooms.  

Ghosts can be five years old with pokey toes jabbing you in the night as you sleep, and sixteen next morning, when a song comes on that she loved back then. Ghosts can disappear as you reach them, or hang around all day.

Ghosts can stay even while their souls go on living, having kids and grandkids of their own.


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32 responses to “The Haunted

  1. I like the thought of those ghosts (memories) having kids and grandkids of their own.

  2. This is one of your best and has given me a perfect new insight into the things that go bump in the night of my mind. Thank you.


    • Lovely to see you lurking there, Doug, and thank you for the comment. This story actually started out a lot bleaker, but it didn’t fit together well; I think this version is cleaner as well as more bright.


  3. I like the idea of memories as ghosts that live on, a bittersweet but comforting thought.

  4. The ghosts do cling, don’t they. Some for the better and some for the worse. As long as they don’t hold us back from our futures.

  5. Yes, so true. Ghost are the memories of those people we need to speak to, but never did, and now it is too late.

  6. Ghosts need to be appreciated, not feared. A thought-provoking piece indeed!

    Here’s mine!

  7. What a lovely and thoughtful piece. You led up beautifully to your insight that some of the ghosts were still alive, with children and grandchildren of their own.

  8. Dear Jen,

    I have so many of those ghosts clinging to me. ❤ Beautifully written. Applause!



  9. I was about to say this is a haunting piece, but that seemed a bit too much on the nose. Love the atmosphere it creates though. This is the kind of story that will stick with me for a while. Great job.

  10. michael1148humphris

    A thoughtful piece, memory is magical

  11. Oh this is certainly a true ghost story. Well done, Jen.

  12. I love this, Jen. Ghosts get a bad rap… I like to think most are like the ones you describe so beautifully here.

  13. I enjoyed where you took the prompt, Jen.
    I like to call them spirits rather than ghosts.
    There’s a negativity associated with that word.
    But, this felt ethereal. Happy Easter 🐣
    Have a good weekend … Isadora 😎

  14. Beautiful. I just love where you took this – perfect ending too. I note your comment above about that, and I’m glad you went with the positive feeling.

  15. That’s an inspiring thought, Jen. Well done.

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