TSM 205 — Haunted Diner


“The Whitehouse Diner” Photo by Aaron Segreaves

Haunted Diner

I can still hear them,
their laughter, the plates and glasses clinking.
I can still hear them,
when youth’s engine blushed our cheeks. Spied then
I, two entwined through the glass, heart sinking.
Flames grew tall; I torched them all without thinking.
I can still hear them.

Cell, a blackened box
where a deluge of regret has been weeped.
Cell, my blackened box
hell containing sanity’s unhinged locks.
Their screams yet assail me awake, asleep;
corpses now dance with my madness in glee.
Soul, my blackened box.

Today’s offering is in rondelet form.

Carrie is the host of The Sunday Muse.

50 Comments Add yours

  1. Carrie V. H. says:

    The mind and the soul converge with the ghosts of the past. This is captivating Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Carrie!

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  2. Intense negative memories can be unbearable

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes they can, especially when you know you’ve done so much wrong.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Beverly Crawford says:

    The voices of the past linger. Be wary in the dead of night!

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  4. fireblossom32 says:

    Oh wow, a firebug’s tale! THAT was unexpected! (and I love unexpected!)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Shay. Thanks!

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  5. K.Hartless says:

    Delightful. Will have to try a rondelet soon.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. It’s my first one and I like the rhythm of it.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Sadje says:

    Very dark and yet so moving Li. Excellent

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje. This person is damned!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        Youโ€™re welcome! I can see why

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  7. memadtwo says:

    That’s a dark tale. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes. I hope the next life is better for them…

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  8. qbit says:

    “Flames grew tall” – oh man!

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  9. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Love the dark past coming to life in this once alive diner.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good way of putting it, Max.

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  10. Sunita Prasad says:

    Dark indeed! You created such a chilled atmosphere with your poem, Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sunita, glad it had the desired effect, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Wow – intensely dark, Lisa… and I love this form too!

    โค
    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      โค Thanks!

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  12. Helen Dehner says:

    Your version of that haunted diner feels incredibly real ~~ kudos, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, thank you โค

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  13. writingwhatnots says:

    Wow, what a dark and disturbing tale Lisa!
    ‘when youthโ€™s engine blushed our cheeks’ – love this line.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Marion!

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  14. That’s a pretty dark and scary poem, Lisa! And how about that amazing photo?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian, we are given the photo to write to. I couldn’t see a light anywhere in it. Add on how it snowed all day yesterday you’ve got a recipe for dark ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. To be clear, I actually like your poem. And, yes, what an incredibly powerful and dark photo. It’s no surprise it didn’t inspire a love story. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you, Christian. I know there are people who are tormented by their past acts but there is nothing to be done but try to move on — even if you’re trapped in a cell with nothing but time on your hands.

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  15. Man, I just realized that abandoned diner is in New Jersey and actually not that far from my house. I know Route 22 but don’t recall having seen that diner. Since it appears the photo was taken nine years ago, I imagine it may no longer be there.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian if you’re going to check it out to see if it’s still there, please do it in daylight. There is evil afoot in that place, guaranteed!

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      1. Ha, it certainly does look scary! Pretty creepy, actually!

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  16. wow darkly powerful Lisa!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Cindy, thank you very much!

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      1. You’re most welcome!! ๐Ÿ’–

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  17. Syl says:

    “where a deluge of regret has been weeped.”
    wow!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Syl, thank you.

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  18. Dale says:

    There is no worse hell than being unable to rid one of one’s bad memories. Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale so true ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thank you, my friend.

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      1. Dale says:

        ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Regret can be overwhelming. Haunting words, like the photo. I never knew as a kid (of course) that I would taste regret as an adult and it would be so bitter…….

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Stacey each thing from before the now feels like a worry stone in my pocket. No, I didn’t either ๐Ÿ˜ฆ They are always with me. The small consolation I find is that I’m not the same person I was then and was doing the best I could for each of those moments. At the same time when I do things in the present that I know I will regret, those stones have greater density as I should, and do, know better.

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  20. selizabryangmailcom says:

    “Greater density.” That’s perfect, and really true. Yeah, if I (we) didn’t know any better than, say, 20, 30 years ago….hoo, boy. That’d be kinda tragic.

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  21. Exquisitely eerie, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Sara!

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  22. I feel like I want to hide

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I understand. Someplace far from there!

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