‘I knew we had a ghost,’ the writer said from her armchair piled with cushions, feet warming by the fire.
‘When we moved in, neighbours told me about a soldier who was killed in the Great War but returned to watch over his daughter, to whom he told stories. She became a writer, but died in childbirth, in the house where she grew up.’
‘Are you related?’
‘We bought the house from her husband, our first home as newlyweds. I wasn’t a writer then. One day, I sat down at the table, preparing to write a letter, when I felt the pen in my hand forming words on blank paper. I wrote for hours. I remember telling my husband, “Reading what I have just written, I now believe the neighbours. We have a ghost in our house, but what a kind one!”’
Kim M. Russell, 7th December 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Prosery: Some Prosery Cheer
Lillian is back with this Monday’s Prosery, which she has started with an emphatic definition and reminder that Prosery is a piece of short prose of no more than 144 words that includes a given line from a poem. She continues with a lovely explanation of the line she chose and how she chose it.
Lillian tells us that on the day she wrote this prompt, she took out Louise Gluck’s Faithful and Virtuous Night, which her son gave her for Christmas 2015 and is very special to her. As she ‘haphazardly flipped it open’, she was presented with a poem ‘Afterward’, which starts with our prompt line: “Reading what I have just written, I now believe”.
It’s coming on Christmas so, in keeping with tradition, what else could I write but a ghost story?
Image: Writing Woman by Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 – 23 January 1947)