SPIRIT IN A BOTTLE
‘Twas just this afternoon that I met him,
Whistling, skipping up the winding road,
Picking up loose rocks and patting dogs,
Greeting all he met with a smile, broad;
Never a kinder man nor more full of cheer
Could ever be a passer-by, there.
Now he comes a-trudging, zig-zag walking –
His vision not, by veiling Dusk, helped –
Hurling abuses at bemused men
While the confused dogs could only yelp
As the cheerful lad of before now struggle,
Grasped by the spirit in a bottle.
A possessed man, a zombie now I see;
His trapped soul, if any, trying to flee.