This Town is Haunted

Under a hot blue sky

Ruffled by breezes

The past overlaid the present

I could hear the chubby toddler laughter

Of an evening walk gone by

How many times we trod

Down this sidewalk as the sun lowered

But no

He’s grown and left

This echo of his early life

Reverberating in my heart

I drive passed the place of the fender bender

I stand in the parking lot of a previous job

From a previous time

Worked by a previous me

The brick is the same

The sign is unchanged

Am I late? I wonder

Bygones and bygones

I miss the turn to the old house

I wasn’t going there anyway

It’s too familiar and too far away

The dreams of this place span universes

Seven unique interpretations of this single nexus

On the curve of the road which binds them together

I am saturated with awareness

Anticipation

The wave is cresting

A hollow formed under the curve

Chaos is sure to follow

At the moment of submersion

Water will roil and rush the shore

The present rearranged to accommodate

Phantasms and other worlds

Watching where I step

When the boundaries thin

Where magic happens

But the ghosts pass on

Without saying good-bye

Without a wink and a nod

They fade and dissolve

I weave a new adventure

Over faded threads and bare spots

Working in and around the beautiful

Images which have kept their color

Preserved with love

This town is haunted

One more ghost returned now

Two Worlds

Then and now

A foot in the past, and a foot in the present

Straddling what went before

A bridge of doubt attached to this moment

Now and then

One foot in present as the other moves

Gamely toward the future

Here and there

One foot in this place as one crosses

Every potential to a new state

A new town

One step from where I came from

One step to where I go

Spinning from the stories of what might

Have beens and maybes

Holding what will be loosely

Unformed

Brimming with hope

Beaming with light

And it’s still one small trip to the

Grocery store

And where will I get boxes

And how will I pack up this little life

And leave behind

The comfort of not much

To reach forward to something

Undefined

A thousand decisions

And a giant leap

Across the chasm of uncertainty

I might fall through

I might fly

But I can’t stay here

Like this

When it’s time to go

I’m gone

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