The House of Dead Leaves – Published on Spillwords

I am so thrilled to share my poem The House of Dead Leaves was published on Spillwords Press. Special thank you and warm vibes to all of my kind friends here on WordPress for reading and your continued support of my work, as well as Dagmara K and the Spillwords team.


We arrive at a house composed of mustard-brown bricks
Dead leaves and aged newspapers splattered with a wanted murderer’s face pile around the black front door, desperate to be swept
I’m wearing a purple coat, itchy black sweatpants, sneakers that no longer fit, and a pink beanie hat
I’m still cold and hungry, but I’m alive today
I’m standing on a stranger’s stoop with the person taking care of me
“We’ll stop here for a bit.” She says, knocking on the door
I don’t have a choice in the matter
I am a burden who became someone else’s temporary burden
A child along for the ride during winter break, living in a troublesome city—south side
A man opens the black door

Read the full poem here: The House of Dead Leaves

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    A beautiful poem Kirsten !
    It was more like a thriller short story. Intense and chilling.
    Love it.
    You are so well with thiller and suspense.
    Kindly keep sharing.
    Ps- I tried find comment section there, but couldn’t find it. So, I’m dropping my expressions here. Best wishes 🔆🙌🏻

    1. Kirsten

      Ah! Thank you so much, Devang! Thrillers go well with the chilly weather around this time. And you are too kind to me, thank you for your motivating words. 🍂🥰
      Hope all is well for you. Best wishes.


        Alll is well here!!
        Wishing you the best.
        Don’t forget to smile 😁✨🌠

      2. Kirsten

        Thank you, you shine too! 🤗☀️

  2. Knukkls

    Woah. So many emotions came out of me in this poem Kirsten. I’m exhausted lol. Well done as usual. 🙌👏

    1. Kirsten

      Ahh, thank you so much for reading! I hope your energy finds you again. 💞 😊

  3. GraceoftheSun

    Wow. Amazing poem, Kirsten. Congratulations.💕

    1. Kirsten

      Thank you so much for reading, Grace, and your kind words. 💕🌻

      1. GraceoftheSun

        Truly my pleasure 💕

  4. Mike U.

    That’s some amazing writing, Kirsten! So happy for you on having it published at Spillwords. Your work deserves to be read by the masses. Wishing you tons o’ success in the future. 🙂

    1. Kirsten

      Aww, thank you so much, Mike! That means a lot to me. I’m blushing. 🤗 Thank you for reading, my friend. 💕

  5. Pooja G

    Omg that ending 😱 Loved it and congrats on being published 😊

    1. Kirsten

      Thank you so much, Pooja! 🥰

      1. Pooja G

        You’re so welcome!

  6. Dawn Pisturino

    Brilliant! I left a more detailed comment on Spillwords. Spooky, ominous, and amazing!

    1. Kirsten

      Ah! Thank you so much Dawn! 🥰💕 I appreciate you. I’m so happy you enjoyed it.

  7. Cindy Georgakas

    Congratulations on your awesome spooky poem on Spillwords Kirsten!!! ❣️

    1. Kirsten

      Thank you kindly, Cindy! 🤗🌸

  8. KK

    What a beautiful poem! Many many congratulations 🎉

    1. Kirsten

      Thank you so much, KK! I’m happy you enjoyed it. 🤗

      1. KK

        Always a pleasure 😊

  9. Jeff Flesch

    That’s an eerie, frightening, and beautifully expressed write, Kirsten. Congratulations! 🥰❤️

    1. Kirsten

      Ah, I’m pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you so much Jeff! I appreciate it! 🥰❤️

      1. Jeff Flesch

        You’re most welcome, Kirsten! Always. 🥰❤️

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