I Thought I Saw a Ghost Last Night
I thought I saw a ghost last night –
a goblin or a ghoul,
an ugly little creature
oozing salivary drool.
It had an eerie figure
and a huge gigantic nose.
It wasn’t wearing sneakers
and was minus all its clothes.
It hovered through my bedroom
as I tried to catch some z’s.
It appeared to have a lesion
or a facial skin disease.
I rubbed the sleep from both my eyes
and loomed a little nearer.
I knew what I had seen
was just my image in the mirror.
— Paul Orshoski
Copyright © 2006. All Rights Reserved. From Dinner with Dracula: A Spine-Tingling Collection of Frighteningly Funny Poems. Meadowbrook Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.
About this Poem
The idea for this poem can from an incident that actually happened to me. I woke up one time in the middle of the night and walked down the hallway at my home to go to the bathroom. When I walked in the bathroom, I truly, honestly thought I saw something floating in the air out in front of me. I instantly became frightened. I thought I had seen a ghost. When I gained my composure after a few seconds, I turned on the light and looked straight ahead where I was sure I had seen a ghost. When the light came on I realized that the scary thing I had seen was just my ugly face looking back at me in the bathroom mirror. I began writing this poem before I went back to sleep because the more I thought about what had just happened, the funnier the whole incident became. Plus, I was afraid if I didn’t start writing the poem that minute, I might forget the whole thing by the next morning.
From Dinner with Dracula: A Spine-Tingling Collection of Frighteningly Funny Poems
Dinner with Dracula is a hilarious collection of scary, spooky, spine-tingling poems about werewolves, vampires, headless horsemen and other creepy creatures that will tickle kids’ funny bones.