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The halls have ghosts | by kevin dooley
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The halls have ghosts

Like a

straggled feather,

innocuous, I wander along

these endless corridors

my soliloquy

hardly slicing the dark


In the last hour,

under the fading halo

of the hurricane lantern,

I stream unveiled

carrying my soul

like a candle in the wind


Time and again

I see you come back

stretch your wings

and weave another crafty web

to exorcise my vermilion tears

out of the desolate mansion


Effaced within

your hidden treasures

and rattling skeletons

from an ancient world,

I see, my ivory dreams

adorning your mantle-piece


Vasanta Athilat, "The Ghost", June 25, 2006

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Uploaded on August 14, 2007