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The ghost our father killed has come back to life

Clawed its way

out of the earth beneath our feet.

Yesterday we went to drop flowers on its grave

as we do religiously, every week, without fail

a ritual of appeasement to the wronged soul

and found a hole in the ground where it used to be.


Where is it?


Later we heard it weep behind our backs

in the dark of night.

We didn’t scream, just held hands

in a big circle and whispered prayers

like in a convent.

But that must have angered it

For it stomped it’s feet

and shattered a few plates in the kitchen.

A ghost with a bad temper.


Today it took form and launched an attack.

There are six of us, stuck in the past;

a ghost transported to the future –

with an awful temper and fatal instincts.

We found the first brother hanging from the ceiling.

The second brother had eaten his death.

Our sister who was about to conceive

had torn her flesh and brought out her child.


Now, there are three of us left,

stuck in the past with a ghost with a bad temper

a ghost transported to the future, biding its time

before the next attack.

Written by Atanda Obatolu

About shakespeareanwalter

Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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  1. A haunting! *shudder* Sometimes, even with all the stories and films, I wonder at how factual it is that the dead come back from the grave to haunt the living.

  2. Bro you have written a smooth piece. You should write more

  3. This is a really beautiful portrayal of visiting the sins of the father, on his offsprings as is been mentioned in the Bible. Tis not like I understand how this wrongful and vengeful ghost, get to glide…strut, like he’s the Cock of the Walk and knock the winds off of the sails of his victims, who like him; are innocent in all of these. Plus, I wonder who’s got the better deal…the folks who are dead already and resting in peace, hopefully; or the three playing the waiting game….waiting to die. Creepy stuff! ?

    Dark, diabolical, eerie and better yet; brilliant! The line…’A ghost with bad temper’, made less severe the pretty frightful happenstances and thus offered some sorta comic relief. Thumbs up to the Poet, this was very nicley thought and laid out. LOL

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