Friday, July 18, 2008

sunday scribblings - ghost


Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one? How about this: If you were a ghost, how would you spend your time?



I've never seen or felt a ghost but defining it as impossible seems like a cue for the World of Ghosts to come and find me in order to prove me wrong. Somehow I wouldn't like that. Unless it was a happy phantom like on that Tori Amos' song:


And I'll go chasin' the nuns out in the yard
And I'll run naked through the streets without my mask on
And I will never need umbrellas in the rain
I'll wake up in strawberry fields every day
....


Somehow ghosts are generally portraied as angry and willing to make their justice in our World. Perhaps "common ghost sense" believes their existence is only justified by their need to resolve their issues. Is that way we rarely hear of happy phantoms?


But moving on; I know nothing about ghosts anyway. Except for ghost towns. This evening, after I had dinner, I sat on the outside making the most of the cool air around and taking in the sights and the sounds...or the absense of them. There was no movement, there was the occasion person walking down the street, you could hear their steps when they were meters away, one or two cats stepped out from their hiding places and were touring the area. The occasional birds were still singing but clearly already getting ready to rest (they're up at 4, usually). That is apart from the seagulls. There were three travelling around the area, making the biggest racket you could ever imagine. I've always liked the sounds they made, you immediately think of seaside and beaches, but this evening their wailings were so full of crazy variations that the effect was not pleasant, but disturbing. Perhaps it was the ghost town feeling.

More ghosts on SS.

9 comments:

Niall said...

I saw my Grandfather after he died..my Dad confirmed it saying he had seen him also at a different time...I fear NO spirits...it is the living that I fear!!!!

Granny Smith said...

I intend to come back as a happy ghost frolicking in the surf without fear of drowning.

Your description of your ghost town is lovely.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I like your ghost town description too, especially what you say about the gulls...

Tammy said...

I hope if I'm a ghost I don't stay too long. I want to see what's next and I think nature knows that secret.

danni said...

loved your ghost town observations, i could almost feel i was there experiencing it too --- now about those seagulls - ???full moon

Devil Mood said...

Niall: Wow, really? Your grandfather must have been a powerful soul, or whatever we may call this. Yes, the living seem more menacing.

Granny Smith: That's an excellent plan! Me too :)

Crafty: They were insane!

Tammy: Well said! Yes, I think something more interesting will come after that...

Danni: I don't know, I think the gulls have been generally wacky, no matter what the moon phase is. But perhaps they were even wackier yesterday.

missalister said...

When I die I don’t plan on sticking around here, either, but you know how plans go. I could be sitting and watching the setting sun with no one around and my mind could shift off somewhere and maybe find itself in a seagull, and then I’d be pissed and wailing about it. Maybe that’s what’s up with the seagulls…they’re possessed by pissed off spirits… Maybe you’re the only one alive in a town full of people and animals and birds inhabited and animated by ghosts… ;-)

anthonynorth said...

Loved this post. One point of interest, though. Most experienced sightings of 'ghosts' are not fearful. More than not, they provide comfort to the bereaved.

Devil Mood said...

MissA: Wow, your imagination never stops, does it?! I'll definitely think about what spirit possesses these seagulls when I see them next. Last night, it was 2 am and there was one of them still wailing! :P

Anthony: Thanks. Yes, that's true, I've heard those stories from real people. It's usually in fiction that they are scary...