Poem: Ghost of a Girl

I wondered what happened to you
As I thought about traveling west
To find you there and then stopped
If you wanted me you could find me
Instead I traveled to New Orleans
Where I thought I saw you there
On Bourbon street wearing a mask
Laughing with strangers dancing
Disappearing into the mad crowd
Before seeing you in Baltimore
Standing silent in the harbor rain
Facing toward the west obscured
By an umbrella hiding your face
When you took someone’s hand
Walking away in the gray drizzle
Like you were skipping through 
In Seattle wandering amongst
Literati chattering on revolution 
Changing the world for the people
Who just wanted to work and live
In New York I thought I saw you
On each fire escape singing aloud
Your voice echoing into alleyways
Where you ran telling me to run
Never sure if it was a game or if
You’d gotten in trouble yet I’d go
Following you wherever you went
Following now I find dead ends
As I have been all these years
Chasing a ghost of you that stays
Always out of reach just like you did 
Even when you were still in my arms

Copyright © 2021 TJS Sherman All rights reserved.

4 thoughts on “Poem: Ghost of a Girl

      1. I think it mostly resonated with me because I have someone from my past that I tend to see wherever I go. He was once everything to me and then he nearly cost me everything. And now he is just a memory who will likely haunt me for the rest of my life.

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