Phantom Hitchers

Emerging out of nothingness, evoking abject fear,
These hitchers ride and chat awhile before they disappear.

All riders have quite different aims, as drivers will observe.
Some trying to find their way back home, some, only to unnerve!

They'll haunt a dark, deserted road or urban city street,
in search of friendly drivers with an extra vacant seat.

A conversation may ensue, once drivers let them in;
then something creepy in the air is felt beneath their skin.

The driver turns, and to their shock, sees no one anywhere;
and then, the truth is realized: no one was ever there!

Some famous legends through the years have told of lovers lost,
who vowed to find their missing mate, no matter what the cost!

And one tale of a wandering soul found thumbing for a ride
was picked up by unknowing folks where once, the hitcher died!

And long ago a rider felt a cold and sudden force
come from behind and hold on tight while riding on his horse!

If, driving down some stretch of road, a stranger waves you down,
you might just find yourself alone when reaching the next town!

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