Visiting the Lady in Gray

There are local stories here in Independence that a ghost wanders up and down Woodlawn Cemetery, next to Noland Road. She’s said to be an older woman dressed all in gray and quite a few people claim to have seen her. One of the groundmen told me he’s seen her a number of times and told me where to look. I’ve visited many times, but have yet to have seen the Lady in Gray myself.

But if at first you don’t succeed… try poetry! Tomorrow starting at 2 pm CST be sure to pop by Amy Zoeller’s from Hipness and Outrage Instagram to watch us wander Woodlawn ourselves, reading poetry. If we are lucky, the Lady in Gray may make an appearance—so be watching! As bait, I wrote her this poem…

Lady in Gray

Moth-soft and silvery
she shadow shimmers
to silent Tchaikovsky
seeking the red mare
she knows must be
“…just there...”

She wanders but never finds it.
Not the pony, not the spindly sapling
nor the rope that linked them…
all gone years and tears past.

Her hidden picnic spot
once a place for secret wishes
now sprouts monuments
as well as dandelions—
all dust and terminus.

She strolls up Noland Road
unaware of the asphalt scabs
and the horses, now made of iron.
Her faded eyes, blind to the glare
of harsh, electric will-o’-wisps
see nothing but Stygian shade.

The Lady in Gray—
a whisper of a girl
on the cusp of full bloom
has now grown up to be
a tale for midnights
told in whispers.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing how to win a box of book swag as part of A.F. Stewart’s annual October Frights Blog Hop that will include a copy of  Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, Shadow’s Lament by Ryan Aussie Smith, Altars and Oubliettes (my latest chapbook) and some Space and Time magazines, both new and vintage.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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3 Responses to Visiting the Lady in Gray

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Sounds fun! Enjoyed your poem I’m sure everyone who dares will have a wonderful time on the blog hop!

  2. Lyssa Medana says:

    That was beautifully and delicately eerie. Thank you for sharing.

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