Not a Ghost
Wide as the wind,
your spirit is around me.
I see your hands on books
and hear your voice as though
it were still your own.
I miss you again like the first day
when Death showed you its secrets.
I remember the love you gave, your
pride and your directness. I want to tell you
the things I have learned are not worth an ounce
of your lost affection, but still I have learned
to sail through this barren sea. I have learned
that I can. A year and half have past
and there is more time still to come.
I have feared this world without you,
but now I know because you were once here
the world will never be without you.
The sidewalks will forever hold your weight, others
will always speak your name with warm admiration,
and I myself am part of you. You are in me
like a main artery, a bloodline that fierce death
can neither dilute nor sever.
Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Indiana Voice Journal, Issue 10” May 2015 (Originally titled “Legacy II”)
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