The House

There was a house near where I lived
when I was just a kid.
It was somewhere where we played all day
Somewhere we ran and hid.

We didn’t think it scary,
It wasn’t clean, or bright.
And we would play quite often there
‘till the evening lost it’s light.

Until one day when mother called,
as supper time did loom.
and we very quickly realised
someone missing from the room.

‘Where is your little brother?’
my father asked of me.
‘Did he follow you home just now?’ -
but I really didn’t see.

And so we went in search of him,
and calling out his name –
no one ever answered
and every street the same.

And then we came upon ‘that house’
which now caused fear and dread.
As everything about it
sent fear racing through my head.

My father stepping towards the door
was startled by a man -
who’s face was white, with eyes of red,
and scary, twisted hands.

‘What is it that you want’ he roared,
’Why is it that you’re here?’
and looking at my father’s face
I also felt his fear.

‘I’m looking for my little boy
as he did not come home’.
But all the man barked in reply
was ‘I live here alone’.

Now many years have passed since then,
we’ve searched but never found.
And so it’s now we must assume
he lies beneath the ground.

Yet sometimes when we pass that house,
as sometimes we must do.
We often see that strange old man -
but often… we see two…..

© Paul Sinclair 2009

The House


Tallaght, Ireland

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