Seeking Love’s Ghost

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I haunted bookstores

Forever searching for him

(Not “stalking” back then)

Throughout years his hair lengthened

Grayed, unkempt or mere disguise

~

His overcoat from

Central casting, for certain

Vanity succumbed

To fierce need for privacy

And yet I recognized him

~

Heart etches details

Remembered and imagined

Love blurring Time’s lines

He’d favored e.e. cummings

Did he comb poetry shelves

~

Had he kept poem-

Filled letters, haiku I wrote

While his paintbrush worked

Covered vibrant canvases

Island’s tropical flowers

~

Rainy afternoon

I ducked into used-book store

Back to me, he stood

As though pondering far thoughts

Hands clasped, not shuffling volumes

~

I longed to tug sleeve

Speak words of yearning child, small

“Shall we go, Papa?”

Perhaps he heard tripping pulse

Turned… not my hero’s kind face

~

No, not him at all

Just stranger’s frown, reminder

Gone-love’s decades dead

©Zelda Rene, 2021 ~ All rights reserved.

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