Ghosts Are Real

Today’s poem is a revision of one I posted a while ago. I kept a few lines from that poem, Sleeping With Ghosts, to create this:

Ghosts aren’t real, she told me while settling
her naked body into the crook of arms belonging to
the corpses of loves that never should have been.
She made pillows out of the faces of men
who’d crushed her dreams like the sweet, hard candies
she used to hold in her cheeks, savoring when she was a girl.
At night while she sleeps she remembers
how easily she had been discarded, her love
wrapped in the recycled news found in a trash bin &
used to wrap dead fish, with unseeing eyes, fish that’s
no longer fit for consumption. And her tears fail to wash
away remnants of the ghosts of yesterday so they continue
to keep her awake. Still she keeps them near, their familiarity
seemingly enough to keep her from beginning to dream
things could ever be different. That’s how she convinced herself
that ghosts aren’t real & that love is nothing more than
grasping hold to what doesn’t want to be held.

Peace & Love,



About Rosalind Guy

I'm broken & my soul is weary/ my weary soul rebels, fights/ anything & anyone who tries to heal me/I beat my head against a wall of memories/ trying hard to break free from the chain of memories/ I can only be free by saying it so/ i weave a necklace from words and finally/ I find freedom/ free free free. As you can see, words are powerful to me. As Maya Angelou said, words are wallpaper of the soul. I have lots of nightmarish memories that threaten to break me, but I learned a long time ago about the power of words. They can be used to heal and destroy anything that threatens to destroy the person. Words coupled with love have the power to save and heal. I am author of three books: Skinny Dipping in the Pool of Womanhood, Tattered Butterfly Wings, and Blues of a Love Junkie. I am a high school English teacher. I am a former reporter. I am a mother. I am a woman. I am a fierce advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, those who's voices go unheard. Check out my Amazon author page at the following link:
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3 Responses to Ghosts Are Real

  1. a mystery says:

    Ah, I relate with this too much. You are a lovely writer and your words dance off the screen and into my mind. Lovely.

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