The family plot thickens
as they file into the room
where Rebecca died.

Séance ensues.
Her spirit is summoned.
Sensations of vertigo set in.

Beyond a shadow
of a doubt
the dreaded curse is cast.

Even the birds perched
outside the rear window
bare a beguiling guise.

One by one they descend
the 39 steps into the cellar
where well-kept secrets dwell –

secrets that if revealed
are sure to tell a tale
of a psycho in the midst.

Deborah LeFalle is a retired educator who enjoys writing, supporting the arts, and spending time outdoors communing with nature. Poetry is the genre of writing she is drawn to most, with inspiration for her poems often stemming from personal experiences. She lives a simple, gratitude-filled life in Northern California.