The Only Ghost I Ever Saw By Emily Dickinson

    The only ghost I ever saw
    Was dressed in mechlin, — so;
    He wore no sandal on his foot,
    And stepped like flakes of snow.
    His gait was soundless, like the bird,
    But rapid, like the roe;
    His fashions quaint, mosaic,
    Or, haply, mistletoe.

    His conversation seldom,
    His laughter like the breeze
    That dies away in dimples
    Among the pensive trees.
    Our interview was transient,–
    Of me, himself was shy;
    And God forbid I look behind
    Since that appalling day!