The House On The Hill: A Poem

May 21, 2019 at 9:56 pm (Ghost Story, Gothic, Gothic poem, Gothic romance, Poetry) (, , )

The house on the hill was haunted they say
That common belief helped keep people away
Only the brave ventured to play
At the house overlooking Appleton Way

What happened that night many years ago
whispered by people who claimed to know
was loud shots in the night
a desperate search for a light
A woman’s screams
Lace curtains falling at the seams
And then silence fell
No more would dwell
in that house on the hill
Tenancy rate fell to nil

Those who ventured inside that place above Appleton Way
would always return with their hair white or gray
even though their hair colour did not start out that way
when they ventured forth at the break of the day

Their mistake was not in returning before the sun set
Nightfall should have told them, this was no place to let
Visiting the place subject of many a bet
while dark mystery remains at the heart of the Net

It was with this in mind that young Rousseau set out
On a night when the wind was howling about
Dark clouds rolled in
The night blacker than sin
Lightning flashed
Thunder crashed

And of course the door of the house would naturally be opened wide
And Rousseau stepped across the threshold to where the unseen did abide
And Rousseau came face to face with the ghostly vision there
While rainy lightning in the window flashed glowing white glare

Rousseau’s thought then was different from what he had at the start of the day
With this supernatural life and supernatural sight he felt inclined to stay
So now he too inhabits the house above Appleton Way.

-A poem written by Christopher
Tuesday May 21st 2019.


  1. Watt said,


  2. Jessica said,

    “On a night when the wind was howling about
    Dark clouds rolled in
    The night blacker than sin
    Lightning flashed
    Thunder crashed” -These lines gave me goosebumps. Love it!

    And I’m sure my husband would love the challenge of visiting Appleton Way. He always ask me if want to stay overnight in haunted houses which is the answer is always “No.”

    While reading, the song Eagles “Hotel California” keeps playing in my head haha

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks, Jessica. 😃

      Yes, the Eagles’ Hotel California is a great song.

      I remember years ago while visiting Palm Spings, California, I was walking down the main avenue and I noticed they were tearing down an old building called the Hotel California.

      And I wondered at the time, I wonder if this was the Hotel that inspired that Eagles song.

      So staying overnight in a haunted house is where you draw the line, eh? 😂

      • Jessica said,

        Wow, Palm Spring is in my bucket list! ❤ But who knows maybe they did got the inspiration from that hotel.

        Yes, though many may not believe me, I'm quite sensitive over stuff like that. I don't mean that I'm imagining it. Friends and family can testify. I see images when I'm in a new place and one experience even scared the shit out of me because I told them of how I keep seeing someone died in a very specific way and no one in the building know about it. But an old man who use to manage the building told my husband that someone died that way there. I'm actually planning to write a post about it.

        So, yeah, a big NO THANK YOU to haunted houses.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, it’s probably best to say no to haunted houses.

  3. David Redpath said,

    I like that Chris 🙏
    A happy ending for once 😎

  4. shehannemoore said,

    Ah… great words and a great ohoto . I am going to enjoy this blog

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