Friday, April 8, 2016

G is for Ghost

My theme for this year's A- Z Blogfest is DEATH (who I hope is like DEATH in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series): "...tall, thin (skeletal, as a matter of fact), and ALWAYS SPEAKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Generally shows up when you're dead, or just when he thinks you ought to be." Today we have G for Ghost.

Ghost: the discarnate soul of a deceased human being or animal still occupying the physical realm.


Okay, I admit it. I wouldn't mind coming back as a ghost. It would be interesting to stick around and see what happens. That's what kills me about death. You don't get to see the end of the whole story; you only get to see the end of some of the characters' stories. Being a ghost would let me watch everything as it unfolds.

The only problem would be that after a while I might get jealous of the living (and the story, which might just be a repetition of all that came before in new clothing) and all the things they can do. Like eat. Yep. That's the first thing that came to mind; watching someone eat a big juicy burger and fries, slice into a piece of Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake...well, that just might turn my afterlife into hell. Maybe that's why most ghosts leave.

Do you believe in ghosts? I'm not sure if I do. I've never seen one - only pictures - but then again, I've never seen a lot of things except in pictures, so...


Excerpt from Mort, by Terry Pratchett, in which DEATH takes on an apprentice...

Mort: What are we going to do now?

DEATH: THERE'S A PROMISING WAR IN KLATCHISTAN, SEVERAL PLAGUE OUTBREAKS. ONE RATHER IMPORTANT ASSASSINATION, IF YOU'D PREFER. 

13 comments:

  1. I have had one weird encounter that makes me believe something - or someone - is there.
    Would suck to be a ghost. Why stick around when you can't participate? Unless your destination is worse...

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  2. Spooky picture! I wouldn't like to be a ghost. Have a great weekend.

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  3. I do believe in ghosts. And I think coming back as one might be kind of cool...for a little while at least.

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  4. I always thought it would be cool to be a ghost too. It's like being a superhero, except without any powers beyond watching and listening. I guess I didn't think that through very well.

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  5. I'm not sure I believe in ghosts. Some of my family members do. Your admission about watching the living eat made me chuckle.
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    Take care!

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  6. Do you watch the TV show Saving Hope? If not, maybe you should check it out. If this A to Z series is anything to go by, you have an interest in death, the supernatural, ghosts, etc.

    Here is the trailer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab4vNphOgak

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  7. I don't know if I'd want to be a ghost. I think it's more like when you're having one of those dreams you can't wake up from. You're stuck in a loop that you can't unravel. I'd much rather come back and visit after getting all the way to the other side.

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  8. I love Mort :D And Pratchett's Death character.
    I wouldn't mind being a ghost either, but I'd much rather be a guardian angel. Having the ability to help people instead of haunting them would be a plus...

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
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  9. I think of that sometimes. What if I die before one of the series I read is done? I told my one son that he has to sit by my grave and read the last books to me.

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  10. There are some people I would like to haunt...
    And no, I don't know. Which is true of so many things.

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  11. I don't know if ghosts exist so I can't say I really believe in them. But then again, I've been in haunted houses and stores and you just have to wonder.

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  12. Greetings from one midcoaster (Rockland) to another! Enjoying your A to Z - thank you!

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  13. To watch others bake and cook and not to be able to do it. Oh, the horror. The horror, I say. The horror.

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