Ghost in the Hall

do image traces 
linger forever? 
suddenly returning,


when least expected, unexpected, 
un-thought of, unwanted
for years, months, weeks, 


in the far corners of my vision 
at the edges of this world 
a long dead cat appears in a doorway,


disappearing when I turn my head 
to look directly at the ghost.
what magic brings them home?


a cruel joke of mind
unknown need of heart
perhaps the will of the ghost


I know nothing,
except the names
of my ghosts

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