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Frank E Gibbard

The house that stood on the hill

Had a weirdness once, and still;

That sort of inheritance history

Overlays on the past by every

Year which passes on and by,

Accumulating secrets as weeds

Infiltrate and penetrate, so sly,

Privy only to that unknown story

Residences hide in every wall

And sinew. We the passers-by

Wonder as we wander by, why

Her owners left the property lie,

Winding up overgrown and alone.

Theories, rumours only to explain

The doubts which will still remain.

Wisteria and mystery grow over

Its door and window sills pêle-mêle,

Past, house entwine and never tell.

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The untold story, the mystery of the empty house, with so many homeless!


woven with your typical aplomb





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Frank E Gibbard

Many thanks badge, anyone else wondering by the way on a certain voice from Japan's silence. Frank

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Very much to my taste and liking, Frank. Whenever I see a place like this in my travels I always wonder what its story may be. Skillfully expressed.



Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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Frank E Gibbard


Re: Haiku Train


icon_post_target.gifby dedalus » Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:48 am

Eschew cyberspace --

stick your heart and mind and face

in the present place


I hope Brendan won't mind me quoting his poem from another forum :ph34r:

Hello Badge, the site is not unfamiliar to me, I had noticed Bren was not posting there either generally in the main forum. Anyone who has read his exchanges with members there will gather he does not enjoy the best of relations. Thanks for the update. Frank

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Lovely Frank. Just visited my child hood;-) And reflected on the now gone mystery houses as well as the newly minted mystery homes... Your piece helped bring it into better view. Many Thanks, Juris & DC

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Thanks DC for commenting, funny there are some places like this all over where mystery clings. Frank

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  • 2 weeks later...
David W. Parsley

Sure brings back memories, Frank. I conceived an unhealthy (though somewhat scientific) interest in such places in my adolescence. My mother still has one of the recordings. Suffice it to say that I swore off such explorations before my junior year of high school. Even an 11-story rocket exploding on the test stand was less scary than that.


. Residences hide in every wall

. And sinew.


Brought a chill of recognition.


- Dave

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