Ghosts On West End Road


Ghosts On West End Road

By Maurie Nord

West End Road

he walks at midnight


yes, all alone

he must walk this road


there is no other way

inky darkness

the moon occasionally peeks

through black clouds to reveal

scraggly trees and

limbs with black branches reach out

to seize

and ahead on the left

are the Indian graves

broken wooden crosses

rotten head boards


for the long departed ones

of the Katzie Indian Band

his hair stiffens

he approaches the graves

the sudden cool breeze once again

light fingers caress his neck

cursing himself  he begins to run

faster and faster

but the fingers follow

just as in times before

the moon peeks again

to reveal crazy crosses tilting among

tall grasses and weeds

heart racing  feet pounding the road

he passes the Indian grave yard

the cold fingers slowly

let go of carressing  the neck

of this teenage lad

who again dared

at midnight

to disturb





copyright Maurie Nord 2014


One thought on “Ghosts On West End Road

    203 Street (Formerly West End Road)
    A municipal cemetery was established in Maple Ridge in the 1880s, and although there were several Kanakas interred there, the burial of Chinese or Indians was not permitted there. To remedy this problem, one acre was purchased from John Hammond in 1898 to be used as an Indian Cemetery. This small cemetery remains in active use.

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