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Have you ever loved a ghost?



Being in love with a shadow

who is strong and fluid in the sun

and melts into the ether of evening

leaves me hungry on this low-cal diet


I no longer can consume his richness

no more want to desire his full-bodied taste

but love doesn’t let go so easy, it prefers

to stir the fires of my desire for him


I no can longer devour his seductive sweetness

am on the wagon, built of hundreds of Mexican miles

but when a rich memory floats by

longing stretches me out thin over my limits


so again I'm lost in fading eventide shadows

Sharon Lopez Mooney, Have you ever loved a ghost?, “ Umbrella Factory Magazine”, Issue 57, ed. Sharyce Winters, Rhode Island, October 2022

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