A Poem by Jack...

Silhouettes of past mistakes




The ghost of bad decisions

Does haunt my weary mind

Lurking in the shadows

Not very hard to find


Constant the reminder

Of my dirty deeds

Thinking only of myself

Forgetting other’s needs


Climbing up the ladder

Clearing out the way

Stepping on another’s hands

Disgusting my display


And now as I am changing

My eyes can finally see

This eerie apparition

Is always there with me


It matters not the hour

Or where my life does go

Forever standing by my side

So I will always know


I need not every worry

Or even wonder where

I just look in the mirror

The ghost is standing there

© 2013 Jack...

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this speaker needs to forgive himself...and the ghost will disappear, and as in "the uninvited" the cat will finally run up the winding stairs.

we all regret...this poem expresses that so well...and some of them we have such a hard time letting go--

poets seem to be the worst culprits at hanging on to pain.

i felt this poem, deeply.


Posted 11 Years Ago


11 Years Ago

Thank you sir, I appreciate your comments.
Okay this literally haunts me....Nice one!

Posted 11 Years Ago

Frieda P

11 Years Ago

Yep, it's like an addiction once you've been bitten. ;-P

11 Years Ago

Now I know you are from New Jersey. :)
Frieda P

11 Years Ago

Wow this hits home!! Great write!

Posted 11 Years Ago


11 Years Ago

Thanks for the review.
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This is really nicely written :) For me it expresses the huge weight of conscience and how it can affect you for the rest of your life. The imagery in it is lovely, I especially like the realisation and recognition that inevitably comes with age "This eerie apparition Is always there with me".
One of my favourites.

Posted 11 Years Ago


11 Years Ago

Thanks so much, you are correct in what I was attempting to present. I appreciate your kind words.
- I need not every word - I have to say that this one line resonates the entire colour of your poem. A very easy flow, so reaeding it, it takes but once to soak up the meaning and sometimes quite stark imagery, well done, good read.

Posted 11 Years Ago


11 Years Ago

Thanks so much. I am glad you enjoyed it.
Thomas Fitzgerald

11 Years Ago

your welcome, keep writing.

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Added on January 28, 2013
Last Updated on January 28, 2013
Tags: Ghost, Ladder, Mean



San Antonio, TX

Not much to tell about me, I am just Jack, I am a poet, a writer, a musician, a painter, a builder and a dreamer. I live in south Texas but am originally from New Jersey and miss it more and more all .. more..