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Your Ghost

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You were always bad about leaving your stuff

But this last time really was the worst.

Of all the things to leave behind why did you leave your ghost?

You could have left a sock

or a cuff link

or a crumbled bit of paper with a forgotten list.

But no you left him.

And he is not even useful

He doesn't fold towels

Or sweep the floor

Or hold me when I feel alone.

No...he likes to sit in that chair of yours 

So that I may catch a glimpse of him out the corner of my eye.

He laughs when I let the kettle boil over

He says my name on the rain.

He is the worst when I am asleep.

He likes to hover there in my dreams,

Trapping me in the twilight

With memories of days that once were

And promises of nights that could have been.

Of all the things to leave behind, why did you leave your ghost?

You could have left a button

Or a shirt with your scent

Or the truth.

But no, you left him.

And he is not even useful.

He doesn't answer the phone

Or my questions

Or tell me why you left?

I thought of sending my ghost to you

A little reminder of what you lost

But there probably isn't room.

I mean, she lives there with you

And wouldn't want things to get cluttered.

I wish you would come back

If for nothing else to take your ghost with you.

You were always bad about leaving your stuff.

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Nicely done. I have a similar idea for a poem but you beat me to it!

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Thank you Josh...and I would love to read your take.

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Wow. I really like this. I love the idea. Very well done.

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Thank you.

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I know exactly how you feel!

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Its a shame but I think many people (especially women) do. Thank you.

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