random noun: haunt MAG

February 19, 2018
By haenalee BRONZE, Cresskill, New Jersey
haenalee BRONZE, Cresskill, New Jersey
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The house lies empty, aching and swaying with memories.
Here, footprints of children trace the curving wood scars on the floors,
There, a shed pile of dog fur, waiting
to be cleaned.
Coffee cups, neatly pooling cream and milk
in a saucer.
A deflated ball, punctured and weathered
by the blast –
They haunt the house,
wanting to be remembered by the ones
who survive.


The author's comments:

This piece was inspired by Ray Bradbury's short story, There Will Come Soft Rains. It had been about a month since I had actually read the story but the image it evoked in my mind just wouldn't go away, so I wrote a poem that described a house heavily damaged by an atomic bomb's blast. 


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