I walk alone on a deserted county
Back road deep in my own thoughts.
The trees limbs are bare of green
As an evening fog starts to form.

I arrived at the scene,
the scene that I dread.
I see the girl playing on
The Hollow Creek Bridge.
I recognize her at once
For it is my daughter
Standing on the railing.
I hear the railing cracking,
splintering, starting to give way.
I do not cry out to her? No.
For I know about apparitions,
Illusions and phantasms of the night
That happen since then.
For it is the one year anniversary.


About Randall

Welcome to my mind. From it come such writings that have been posted here. The blog Nightly Sky contains the poems that I have written. Sorry. I like writing and poetry.

46 responses »

  1. Miss Edee says:

    Haunting… Chilling… Nicely done

  2. tmso says:

    That is so sad – both the poem and picture. You see, that’s why I can’t write poetry. I would have made a novel out of that picture.

    Well done.

  3. yrreskrap says:

    Stay strong and keep fighting. You are a gifted writer.

  4. Maria Elena says:

    Thanks for visiting. You have such a beautiful blog!

  5. sarahjaneprosetry says:

    I love where you went with this and how you got there. The way you crafted it made me smile.

  6. Anne Schilde says:

    How utterly and powerfully sad.

    • Randall says:

      I know, it is sad when lose someone close to us. I took it in the form of the perspective of a very grieving parent. Sometimes we recover, sometimes people seemingly never do.

  7. Aurora says:

    So poignant, whoa. Moving work. Agree sometimes we recover, other times not…grief, the nature of the beast.

    Thanks for visiting me with your congrats! I nominated you but please don’t feel you have to follow all the rules if you don’t wish to, it’s merely about having some fun and, perhaps, makind some new friends. Enjoy and thank you for another great read.

  8. Caddo Veil says:

    Oh yes, this one strikes right to the gut of the heart. Mercy….

  9. Randall says:

    It can leave life in shambles. Thank you so very much for stopping by. I appreciate you taking time to look.

  10. ccyager says:

    Randall, a striking photo, and disturbing poem. The photo actually reminded me of the little girl in the red coat in “Schindler’s List” and I immediately thought she must be doomed. Your poem confirmed this. How interesting, too, that the surrounding landscape reinforces that direction rather than a little girl daredevil pushing how far she can go, and she knows how to swim so she’s not afraid.

    Nice post.


    • Randall says:

      OK, thank you for bringing that up about the red coat in “Schindler’s List.” Maybe my subconscious took hold of that since it was such a powerful and scary movie. Close to the same kind of scene, sticking out like she does. Thank you very much for stopping by. I appreciate your insightful and analytical comment.

  11. I feel like I relate to the girl in the picture…

    Your poem is very fitting! I don’t know what the phrase is with poetry but are you going to do another . . . chapter(?). . .of it? (Another stanza? A few more lines?)

    • Randall says:

      I do suppose I could do a long version. It could probably work as the ending of a very long story poem. That could be an idea to work with. Thank you for stopping by and for the idea. I appreciate it very much.

  12. rumpydog says:

    that’s spooky! I like!

  13. Randall says:

    Thank ypu very much, coming from such a writer as yourself.

  14. wastelandexplorer says:

    Wow, I’m creeped out now. I loved this poem.

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  17. Just Coop It says:

    Lovely. : ]

  18. Rowseacheek says:

    Wonderfully haunting. The ending went in a completely different direction then I expected.

    • Randall says:

      I know, I kind of like to do surprise endings when possible. I do not know why either. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I truly appreciate.

  19. terri0729 says:

    Randall, I didn’t know that you were doing these too! This is excellent and I will try to remember to keep up with you on your weekly submissions. Great job though!! Better than you think 🙂 Blessings, Terri

  20. theonlyjoe says:

    Chilling as all heck, I love this!!

  21. wellspring01 says:

    I too liked the twist at the end.

  22. I recently experienced a similar anniversary; I can definitely relate to this. This is really well done, I like it a lot.

  23. What a powerful poem Randall! Brilliant!
    The hairs on my arms went up reading this.

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