The Ghost of Love

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe fear our shadows are but ghosts
Of who we are and were
They follow us where’er we walk
Remind us why we’re there

These shadows are the things we did
The needless hurt we caused
The shadows of the pain we felt
And of the loves we lost

These ghosts are almost tangible
But strangely out of reach
They move beyond our aching hearts
Inhibiting our speech

We glimpse them now when we are sad
When guilt must blind our eyes
We know the ghosts are our own selves
The ones we most despise

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21 Responses to The Ghost of Love

  1. Good Helper Woman says:

    That one touched a part of my soul that was hiding behind a door, me thanks you anelephantcant for your words.


  2. Good poem, but the drawing is better – the hunched shoulders and sidelong eyes and straight line mouth tell us everything we need to know. Poor guy. Granted he’s helped make his problems worse, but he’s in a bad place right now.


    • So happy that you like the image. Once again drawn by my friend and colleague Phil Burns, Scottish artist and illustrator of the ‘Little Giant’ trilogy of books written by your blogger.


  3. nightlake says:

    serious words..thought-provoking


  4. pennycoho says:

    Poignant and true. Very, very well done! We, all of us feel that way as we make our way through life. You’re right, the ghosts are always there, I guess never really all that far away.


  5. What a sad poem and what a lonely person sitting there with his bottle. I agree with Alastair’s comment – a man of many talents indeed and a Friday Fictioneer to boot! 🙂


  6. A very deep part of the human existence…. you’ve done well describing what we all go through at one time or another.


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  8. emmylgant says:

    With grace


  9. Alastair says:

    AnElephant has done a good job proving
    As well as funny poetry, he can also do moving


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