Mysterious Mrs. Dowd

Written for:  dVerse poets – Monday Quadrille #26  (posted by Kim)
There are many different types of ghost, from the Holy Ghost to Banquo’s, Cathy’s or Marley’s ghosts. You can have a ghostly experience, a ghost writer and ghosting on the TV screen – you can even experience ghosting personally, which I understand is the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication. Have you ever seen, heard or felt the presence of a ghost? Have you visited a ghost town, had the ghost of a chance or a ghost at the feast?

Today, I want you to write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the word ghost.

Crabby Mrs. Dowd,
never caught
smiling. Neighbors tried
befriending her; no use.
Only seen running
errands in a dilapidated Dodge.

Today, an old tabby mewls
outside. Mrs. Dowd opens
door. She cries out, scoops up cat.
On her face, a ghost of a smile.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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22 Responses to Mysterious Mrs. Dowd

  1. frankhubeny says:

    It looks like Mrs Dowd liked that cat. It is interesting how some people prefer animals.


  2. I think that Mrs Dowd has more to give. Wonder what scars that she has.


  3. kim881 says:

    I love the name you chose for your character, Sarah, and that she drives a ‘dilapidated Dodge’. She became real for me with only a few details. I’m so pleased she’s a cat lady 🙂


  4. kaykuala h says:

    On her face, a ghost of a smile.

    She at least had the time to sport a smile just because of her love for the cat!


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  5. Love this! The way you describe your characters (and that too so effortlessly) is most admirable!❤️


  6. Good for you Mrs Dowd. Keep em guessing 😉

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  7. I drove Dowd’s dilapidated Dodge once. It was dreadful! Howe’er this piece is anything but! Good one, Sara!


  8. wolfsrosebud says:

    A lot on cats this time around. Did the cat smile back?


  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Ah, everyone has a soft spot. 🙂

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  10. Grace says:

    Yes, this is a good one Sara ~ She loves that cat, I bet ~


  11. Olga says:

    What a precious piece of writing. Made me smile also, but not in a ghostly way. 😉


  12. karfunkelfee says:

    A shimmering miniature in words about Mrs. Dowd’s chased smile. Only her cat know…
    Many greetings from Germany of the Karfunkel fairy


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