The Spook Upon the Stair is a short poem by Andrew McCullen. It was featured in the children’s anthology, Red Skelton’s Favorite Ghost Stories.
I met a spook upon the stair;
He was a haunt who had no hair.
In fact, he didnâ€™t have a head
Which made me think he might be dead.
His head I saw beneath his arm,
Safely tucked away from harm,
But still it spoke to me and said,
â€œBefore you go on up to bed,
Please let me say you should not stare
At ghosts you meet upon the stair.â€
Thus spoke that spook, I do not lie,
Before I could quite pass it by.
â€œThe thoughtful, gentle thing to do,â€
It said to me, as I say to you,
â€œIs act as if they were not there,
And never, never, never stare,
Even though beneath an arm
Their heads they carry, safe from harm.
â€œHowever frightful they may be,
Act as if you did not see,
And if you did, would not have cared.
Above all, NEVER show youâ€™re scared.â€
This spook he spoke so plain and fair,
I heeded him, right then and there.
I hurried on right to the top,
And as I went I heard a pop.
I turned – and there was nothing there.
The spot the spook had been was bare.