history tamed wild west


tailings of silver mine…

restored schoolhouse boasts

plank floor, rolled maps, stove.

main street brothels burned,

rusty bank safe deposited

in dry wash,  coal house and

water tank remember trains.

iron fence borders cemetery

atop boot hill,  rock piles

mark graves of ghost town.


Kim hosts quadrille#26 at dVerse Poets…write 44-words, including “ghost”.

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Feb 17, 2017 @ 17:22:44

    You’re speaking my turf now. There is something especially compelling about visiting old western cemeteries.


  2. Grace
    Feb 15, 2017 @ 11:13:12

    I love visiting ghost towns and imagining what it was like before ~ Good one Lynn ~


  3. Janice
    Feb 15, 2017 @ 00:04:46

    I like how the coal house and water tanks remember trains. I imagine it’s both fascinating and eerie to visit a ghost town.


  4. whimsygizmo
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 15:55:15

    Great descriptions here. Makes me wonder what life happened there, before it all went up to ghosts. I live in Southern Nevada, where we have quite the abundance of these. 😉


  5. frankhubeny
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 13:04:58

    Nice description of a ghost town.


  6. kim881
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 12:29:31

    Sorry it took a while to get to your poem, Lynn, but it was worth the wait. I’ve never visited a ghost town and your poem has given me a good idea of what one would be like. It’s those little details, like the rolled maps and the rusty bank safe. I love the last lines – chilling.


    • lynn__
      Feb 14, 2017 @ 12:50:22

      Thanks, Kim…it was a great prompt! My husband loves to explore ghost towns so we’ve visited a few in the southwestern states.


      • kim881
        Feb 14, 2017 @ 12:57:48

        The closest I got to a ghost town was a ghost house. When I lived in the middle of nowhere in Ireland, there was a house (on the land that belonged to our cottage but was rented to a farmer) that was left as it was when the family that once inhabited it died of TB. We went for a look. Only the cows had been inside and everything was pretty much as it had been left, bar some cow pats and a few overturned chairs!

  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 10:52:29

    There’s something so romantic about a ghost town, and they exist on other places too. I visited one in Northern Norway once…


  8. Victoria Young
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 10:42:14

    creates a lot of rustic images- very nice!


  9. thotpurge
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 09:54:56

    Oh that was a vivid picture…


  10. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 09:51:10

    Oh I like the idea of ghost town 🙂 your verse leaves much food for thought!❤️


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