The Tiniest Ghost

In the back of your closet,
far deeper than most
is an old haunted shoe with
the Tiniest Ghost.

The minuscule moans echo
from your tiny host.
Spiders and bugs whisper of
the Tiniest Ghost.

Ectoplasmic shoe laces,
cereal from Post,
all floats quite creepily for
the Tiniest Ghost.

If you notice your junk moved
a small bit at most,
a sure sign you're dealing with
the Tiniest Ghost.

It is trying its best, though,
with little to boast.
Please pretend to be scared of
the Tiniest Ghost.

About this poem

I wrote this poem to challenge myself to take something scary and make it not scary at all. I thought of ghosts and wondered what the ghost of a mouse or cockroach might be like. They might try really hard to be spooky, but alas their size would thwart them.

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Written on October 13, 2023

Submitted by BasNoBeathaWriter on March 21, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xabA cadA xaxA xabA cadA
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 488
Words 103
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Ryan "Rev" McLean

I'm an English teacher and improviser from Southern Utah who loves being creative and imagining new ways to teach this crazy language. I've been seriously writing poetry for about 5 years now and only recently decided to challenge myself to do the scary thing and share it with others. more…

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  • Vixility
    Delightful poem and fun read. Well deserved win.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • susan.brumel
    Great little poem with big heart!
    Thank you and congratulations!
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • ilovewrighting
    I loved this poem! The last line was unexpected even though it fit with the tone of the rest of the poem. This image of the cute little ghost guy stuck with me. Thanks for sharing!
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • TheSaltySpinster
    Refreshing and light-hearted. The tiniest ghost makes me smile, but I will be sure to act super scared!
    LikeReply 11 month ago


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