What does it mean to love a ghost?
indifferent shrugs with the warmth of forgotten laughter.
pale contours of a touch with echoes of tenderness.
violet skin, curved up to appease;
vermillion screams with grey defeat.
What does it mean to replace reality with memory?
To turn it over in the empty halls of your mind: to play its dusty melody on repeat and wonder when it was that you replaced loving a ghost
with becoming one.
This poem was inspired by the one-word prompt, “ghost”.