Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank - #39 Ghosts

This week’s prompt was inspired by a poem I read when visiting the Poets United blog of the week Poesia Torta by Kenia Cris. It kind of stuck with m e for a few days and I figure it would make an interesting prompt. The poem is below.

Sitting with ghosts

It's all in the way we live our lives
and the way we sit our ghosts
at the dining table.

We hold hands,
say our prayers
and eat together
from a choice of fear and angst.

We eat together and chat
about nonsensical dreams
of days to come.

They laugh.
We laugh.
We don't always get the joke,
still it seems the right thing to do
when you're
sitting there with ghosts.

~ Kenia Cris

What are ghosts? What are your ghosts? Are they the literal specters of souls who are not willing to leave this earth yet? Maybe they are your haunting memories of times gone by, or as I took from the above poem they could be the secrets we keep from one another. Ghosts can be interpreted or exhibited in many ways from the creak and cold of night to the ghosts we create in our head. This week share your ghost with us, made up or for real. We look forward to reading your haunting words.

If you have a prompt idea (even a Music or Film inspired one) that you would like to suggest or share with us please send it to . We keep a folder set aside with all your suggestions and just might use it one day.

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1. Don’t link to more than 3 poems per week.

2. Please visit some of the other poems linked here when you link to yours.

3. Leave a comment after you have posted your link.


  1. Interesting what haunts us.

  2. I knew a ghost once...tricky bastards.

  3. A great choice of prompts...I think the things that haunt us are often the things that also inspire us...


  4. Haunting, remnants, memories... endless stuff in this prompt.

  5. Interesting prompt! Tried with my Ghostly story

  6. OH such a cool prompt! My only problem being which of the kazillion ghosts in our family to write about!!!!! Love it!

  7. First time over here ! Loved this prompt and the site :)

  8. True story of our house on Long Island,
    that was haunted. Brought back some
    frightening memories.


  9. I love the prompt. And am so pleased to tell you about the Grandmothers who live with us.

  10. I shall have to read you guys's tomorrow. I am totally done in.

  11. Timely prompt for me-just beginning a new support group at hospice. I get to meet lots of ghosts. Here's my poem:

  12. Poets United,

    A very thoughtful, ghostly connection.

    Best wishes, Eileen

  13. I couldn't figure out which way to go with it, till I thought about my roots. I grew up near the bay, where sea captain's homes lie with haunted memories. It was fun~

  14. I have been away from home for a week visiting my daughter in N. California. Such a lovely area but I am glad to be back to my S Calif sun! Look forward to reading the other works posted here.

  15. this is about the ghost of myself... inspired by my journal entries of 6 years ago:

  16. An incredible ghost in my life. It is what it is.

  17. I know this is old, but I'm fairly new here :)


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