Poem: Ghosts Live

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Ghosts Live

Ghosts live,
not in the old house on the hill,
but within,
a self-haunting far worse
than the stuff of horror pictures.

Ghosts live,
sorrowful and scarring,
fed by our own words and incantations,
horrible things,
lies repeated like sacred rituals,
conjuring the false seeds planted by others,
but watered into full ghost-hood
like obedient children, afraid of the truth,

that we might be magnificent,
creatures loved and of love,
spectacular creations, unique and strangely powerful
despite,
and maybe because of,
our weakness.

About this poem

Not my best poem, but it’s a thought that has been on my mind recently. I needed to write it out just to get it out of my brain. Poetry is like that sometimes.

I am a big believer that what we tell ourselves we become. Good and bad. Often others begin the process of breaking us down, but more often than now, we take over and repeat the falsehoods a thousand times for each time others lashed us with their words.

It can, however, work the other way.

I believe this.

The picture was taken in Surry County, Virginia.

Tom

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