A Cat and a Ghost
Once, on a stair, I saw a cat.
The cat saw me, and then it spat.
And hissed. And Arched. And puffed its tail.
( As a sign of friendship, I'd call it a fail. )

Ghosts and Cats have a long history
Of one-sided feline animosity.
It offends the cat to see me there,
Where a ghost shouldn't be upon the stair.

With a snarl and a huff, for that's the cat's way,
She tells me pointedly to just go away;
That I didn't belong when I am on the stair,
Ignored by others who say I'm not there.

I explain, when I can, that I can't go away,
For I'm not a ghost, as some people say.
I'm just a hologram, hanging on the wall.
The ghost you saw isn't here at all.




-- © Jesse Chisholm, October 8th, 2016
On the occasion of Jazzy Cats putting on the Haunted Weekend show in Sacramento, California. October 7th, 8th and 9th.

Inspired by Antigonish by William Hughes Merns, who was inspired by stories of a ghost in his town.
Yesterday, upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today.
I wish, I wish he'd go away.

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