The Ghost in the Hallway


Surely you were apparition —
there within reach of these hands
that once held yours so freely.

I could not resist stepping through
the curtain of your space and my space
just to see if you — if we — were real.

I know you knew I was there,
even if you could not meet my eyes.
The waver in your voice gave you away.

Did you feel me touch you
as you walked away?

WORDS, ©2015, Jen Payne

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