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The Ghost of Treadway Hall

 

Walking a trail from the Kansas City Plaza took me past a huge dormitory that was no longer in use. Walking home at dusk, the lights would come on in the unoccupied dorm. I use to glance up into the windows of the tall structure and imagine students of yore. One day I came home after my walk and wrote this poem.

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power
the music plays and the lights will glow
while a spirit stirs in the rooms below
wandering the halls in a woeful stance
mourning her plight at the fraternity dance
humiliated she had become
rebuked and despised, a foolish one

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power.
a whispering chant; Chelsea and Lance,ghost
in a diaphanous gown the spirit would dance,
recalling fervor, anguish, then fright
living the torture o’er night after night.
marriage oath Lance vowed to declare.
cruel twist of fate; instead this nightmare.

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power.
two lovers in secret Chelsea and he
social stigmas their love would not free
Lance was the elite, Chelsea the poor
he was the gold she was the ore
Lance was her savior, internal fire
reviving her soul from poverty’s mire

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power
stolen moments the two would employ
ardent intrigue in search of its joy
aflame with passion Lance would declare
time to possess her if she would dare
whispered endearments of loving forever
promises made in a wanton endeavor

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power
ofttimes in dark shadows the pair would meet
exploring the depths of their passion’s heat
walking on air, Chelsea foresaw the chance
on Lance’s arm she would enter the dance
an outcast no more, She experienced pride
Lance would one day make her his bride

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power
shadowy figure at to the top of the stairs
moans can be heard as the spirit despairs
too vivid the memory how she did wait
dressed for the dance, but cometh no date
minutes ticked loudly as Chelsea perceived
heart wrenching awareness of being deceived

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power
in disbelief Chelsea left for the dance
caught Lance with another by happenstance
now discerned she should never have dared
to join the illustrious world that Lance shared
her deceiver glanced up catching her eye
Chelsea’s heart burst as she started to cry

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power
her countenance was no longer proud
her footsteps quickening from the crowd
with broken heart and spirit crushed
into the dark poor Chelsea rushed
deluge of tears till eyes were blurred
in Treadway Hall her scream was heard

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power
fleeing from the dance floor into the cold
yearning for the promise to have and to hold
yet honesty screamed of her dark sad fate
the innocent virgin he did vitiate
realizing now in this hour of fright
stark debasement of her dire plight

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power
stung by deception of one she held dear
blast of the car’s horn she did not hear
screeching halt and Chelsea was hit
her now lifeless body thrown into a ditch
outpour of her love led Chelsea to shed
blood, sweat and tears: now she lay dead

as dark approaches the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power
approach near the dorm on a night that is still
groans from the spirit will give you a chill
the lights will glow as the music plays
Chelsea’s presence is felt as the spirit sways
wandering the dorm in the midnight hour
in Treadway Hall there comes a power

© Dorianna 2007

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