"Ghost Tower"

A 2017 October Contest Winner: Cowley Student

There is delight in my solitude;

I may walk amongst the pale moonlight

and nary a stranger dare intrude.

Having always preferred the company of night,

I feel no loneliness in the absence

Of people and their miserable trouble.

Their desire, their greed, and their flagrance.

To be here, among the ruins and rubble

Of a castle once thought to be grand,

A place of jovial parties and cruel Ladies and Lords,

I am free to dance without their harsh command.

I give my thanks to those vampires and their hoards.

No longer am I a slave to cruel power.

Instead a King to my own ghost tower.