I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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4 June 2017

'My Heart is a Ghost Town'

the man sings, lamenting
love lost, a lover gone

and I think, never mind my heart, 
my head's where the ghosts reside

of lovers gone – never lost –
the talkative ghosts

who haunt my old age

as we reminisce, and finally 
resolve our stone-cold issues ...

good to have a yarn
for old times' sake.

Written for Flash 55 – PLUS! 3 June 2017 at 'imaginary garden with real toads'.


  1. A comforting place... maybe it's escape to be with ghosts.

  2. I love the idea of friendly ghosts and a means to escape ❤️

  3. This provides the counter argument very well - our loves never leave our thoughts.

  4. Agreed, ghosts are like cats, they don't become teen-agers or lovers with more difficulty. They're settled with their stones, leaving us to carry on the conversation by ourselves. Poetry is that town.

  5. Wonderful, these conversations never end

  6. Oh yes, a ghost town could be filled with pleasant remember whens. You are so positive.

  7. Nice poem, Rosemary. I can just see them sitting around, "should I or should I not join in?" Neither of us have forgiven. Also the others, not real big time lovers, it would be nice to see them again. I was naïve back then. They were too.

  8. The thought of being haunted pleasantly brings so many smiles to my heart... :-)

  9. always on our mind - those long ago loves... :)

  10. Beautiful and poignant. Brings a sweet visual to being visited by ghosts of past loves.


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