The poetry of James G. Piatt

The Ghost and the Dolls

The dim sphere of the moon, shinning
like an old French lantern stands frozen
and silent as it rises, anxiously waiting
for sound. Below, in an old attic strange
happenings are occurring.

The light bulb’s dimming light, in an
abandoned house’s attic is ending its
time covering an old dollhouse. Dolls
inside the dusty dollhouse are sitting still
anxiously waiting for the return of the
little girl who no longer plays with dolls.

Next to the dollhouse sits an ancient
nightstand, which holds a dust covered
Bible, Rosary beads, and a piece of
tattered yellow paper possessing words
in fading ink of a love poem.

A Lilac scented haze suddenly covers
the dank air as a ghost in a diaphanous
gingham dress and buttoned shoes
travels to and fro in the hushed
atmosphere trying to find her glasses to
read the poem, and locate her lost
memories.

An ancient rusted clock in the corner
peals imaginary time, which echoes
silently from wall to wall as dull beams
from the moon vibrate through a small
broken window causing a dreamy
bewilderment in the minds of the dolls
whose eyelids flutter open to the eerie
cadence of the ghost’s murmuring.

The air vibrates as the ghost’s giggling
covers the doll’s frustration as they try to
find a way to get high enough to look
through the window to the garden below
where a little girl used to plant flowers to
adorn their dollhouse.


James G. Piatt has had several poems nominated for both Pushcart and Best of Web awards, and his poems have been published in the last four of the ‘The 100 Best Poems Anthologies.” He has won several poetry awards, and was interviewed as a featured poet in numerous magazines. He has had three poetry books: “The Silent Pond” (2012), “Ancient Rhythms” (2014), and “Light” (2016), four novels, 35 short stories and over 1100 poems published in over 205 different magazine, anthologies, and poetry books. He earned his BS and MA from California State Polytechnic University, and his doctorate from BYU.

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