Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2018  Vol. 17 No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
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Burn after Reading, or Ghostwriting

Burning after reading can be useful.
Who wants to read the poems ghosts have written?
They are ancient, those poems, and often refer
To people long forgotten.
Still, the living
Carry with them memories of those they loved
Once upon a time, and time is tricky.
It expands or it collapses, and sometimes
It seems to circle us like the moon.
When that happens, you want to be sure that time
Has enough remaining for you to love whomever
It is you long to love, and when you die,
As die you will, ghosts will wait by your side
To make sure you are not dead until you’ve died.  

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