jjhunter and I both deal with ghosts at this time of year, I think; certainly I do. We've been sharing some of them with each other, and this is what emerged.
a curious thing, this—
a seed that does not drop until
fire hath eaten up the underbrush of certainties
There is no hopelessnessin loving you.
Precision, yes, and care, delicacy.
Awareness of your absence, bittersweet, and yet:
you don't trail lonely echoes in your wake
or scatter ghosts of leaves, however crisp
your absence cuts rather like vinegar
and pickled thus everything is flavor
almost too intense to bear
your shadow stretches out before me:
still your light casts my life into relief