one more ghost

solitary boat by anelephantcant

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one more ghost

the ghosts came back again today
as they often do uninvited
I drift through the years quite unconcerned
apart from an occasional love unrequited

I now have reached that stage of life
when there is far less in front than behind me
so painful memories are pushed aside
until the past creeps in to find me

then I remember why I’m still alone
always resisting the predictable temptation
I prepare myself for another sad scene
and the inevitable last conversation

if there is nothing left I ask her
why do you still want to be friends
why not just laugh and be happy
and let it end like everything ends

time passes then as time always does
the sky and the sea are still blue
a solitary boat slips soft over the bay
and the wind blows through the space that was you

so gradually peace of mind returns
I recall the ladies my heart treasures most
I shrug and smile and walk my way
creating just one more ghost

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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10 Responses to one more ghost

  1. “then I remember why I’m still alone
    always resisting the predictable temptation
    I prepare myself for another sad scene
    and the inevitable last conversation

    if there is nothing left I ask her
    why do you still want to be friends
    why not just laugh and be happy
    and let it end like everything ends”

    I try to do this, still be friends, and it very seldom works. I don’t understand why it can’t other than it does take two to keep the friendship alive and they are, most likely, just done with it.
    Well done.
    Scott

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  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Elephant, this one was particularly effective hearing you read it. I think what stands out for me is the speaker wanting to be friends with his beloved, even though he knows they will never be an ‘us’ again but he ishes to have her in his life even as a friend or familiar acquantaince. On one hand, if their relationship was a disaster and really hurt her through many years I can understand. On the other, I agree with the speaker forgetting the past and old things gone wrong and desiring he’d forgiveness. I think she need ps to give it if so much time has past as it not only frees the person (the speaker) who feels he has done wrong butwoukd Fred his former beloved from some bad memories and resentment. Perhaps getting along with her would leave them both with less ‘ghosts’ of the people they once loved. Forgiving isn’t forgetting it’s just moving forward and realizing people all mistakes but they can also learn from them and change. My long-winded thoughts as usual. Hugs Pinky.

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  3. bonniehofkin says:

    The tenor of this is unique i think… i sense a bit of resolve~grey, soft, sad, and grounded. This seems to harmonize the poem; it feels like a quite fog inching its way over the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  4. A pensive ethereal write about life and all that we live. Perhaps, a lot of memories that may have been good but now seem far behind the present. Yet, would it not be best to feel the memories of something touching than to live without any thought of them at all. All memories – painful or joyous – gives us pause for whatever reason the bearer needs it to.
    Pensive words ….. lovely and, as always, beautiful. Thank you for always making me ponder what you have written.
    Isadora 😎

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