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dear mystery man

dear mystery man

A Poem by Taylor

A man I never knew.

it might have been easier if you were a ghost 
you would be a closed case and I wouldn’t be left here wondering 
what your favorite food was or if you liked reading as much as I do 
I wouldn’t have to think of all the possibilities - that you could have been a radical 
in your country, fighting for change and equality or maybe a drug lord who left before the authorities caught you 

right now you could be anything 
but if you were a ghost 
I could look you up 
I would know if you were a schoolteacher in a poor district 
or an anthropologist studying the Bushmen of your country 

but you are not a ghost 
and I am left to sit here and wonder 

are you a family man? do you have other children? 
what are they like? where do you live? 
do you know? did she tell you do you know? 

if you know, why haven’t you found me? 
are you the reason why I enjoy 
sunshine and humidity and Caribbean foods? 
you are an island girl 
but am I really? 

if you were a ghost, 
this questions would be obsolete 
my story would be engraved in stone 
not susceptible to revising 

but you are not a ghost

© 2011 Taylor

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A fever of mystery and relative prose, well done, great read.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Added on April 29, 2011
Last Updated on April 29, 2011
Tags: father, daughter, family, mystery, ghost




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