Just before they came home from holiday
they asked another couple
on the sunny beach to take their picture
outside a derelict stone building
nobody else was there that glorious day
they could honestly say!
Close together for that one memorable shot
but on seeing the picture
another figure was standing right behind
clearly in the doorway
that was not there as they happily posed
was disturbingly exposed!
They had ventured into the gun emplacement
while inside it was very odd
but nothing else did they encounter within
the photo was taken soon after
the following day headed back to their home
a few days by the sea before Rome.
A good conversation topic the unknown man
everybody keen to see the photo
but soon the intrigue became their torment
it started simply with noises
faint taps objects falling and items shifted
tried to laugh it off but it persisted!
A few weeks on the holiday was a memory
a very bad one for them
the night the smiling man sat on their bed
in the early hours that jolt
the mattress was dipped half asleep turned
shocked realising he had returned!
By the time they had sat up nothing was there
it had suddenly become cold
scraping could be heard just above their heads
like something crawling in the loft
heading downstairs could not settle any more
terrified the cause were unsure!
Reaching the bottom instinct made them look up
as the bookshelf on the landing
came hurtling their way with tremendous force
just managing to jump to safety
having to admit it was not of a natural cause
in their thoughts made them pause!
Neither until now believed in the paranormal
this had now changed their minds
as each day their situation became much worse
and no longer could feel secure
once more viewing the photo they were sure
it started on that sandy shore!
And the figure behind was who they had seen
now within their own home
urgently needing help searched the internet
hoping to find that solution
being drawn to a psychic research organisation
for some kind of explanation!
Even as that sense of hope rather than despair
made them feel closer together
a positive purpose amongst growing negativity
making that initial contact waited
for their first meeting to find the possible cause
in the disturbances there was no pause!
As the electrical power to their home was cut
and a deep voice from nowhere
shouted get out a shadow like presence forced
them towards a solid front door
that burst open and they stood on their lawn
in darkness waited forlorn!
Hugging each other hoping these people could help!
The Foureyed Poet.