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Ghosts by Jo Stewart

And so, it is time
for the molting —
a cleansing ritual.

In comes tomorrow
and without warning
it is now.

Your picture after three decades still sits, undusted.
What do remnants do but hang around?
It is, after all, a measure.

Two theater stubs in the junk drawer
A bag of clothes, unfit, out of time,
old photos on their way to be sorted,
a newspaper recipe —  never made it to the table

and your picture after three decades
barely visible, still sits undusted.



Published by Front Porch Review, August 2009 


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