Ghost Of You

I keep seeing ghost of you,
Everywhere I turn–
Part of me hates it,
Part wishes I would learn.

They’re just faces in the crowd
That pass themselves as you–
They fade again, quick as that,
As soon as they pass from view.

I keep seeing ghosts of you,
I wish that I would learn–
You’re gone for good, beloved,
No matter where I turn.

“Permission Denied.”

“I’d like to leave now, please.”

“Permission denied.”

“But I have all my papers! I put everything in order! Here, look!”

“…Permission denied.”

“Are my papers not good enough? Did I file something wrong?”

“You don’t have a hall pass.”



“…Are you serious?”

“As an overdose. Permission denied.”

“What if I get a hall pass?”

“Then you can leave.”

“Fine. Where do I get one?”

“Down the hall.”

“May I go get one, then?”

“You can try. But that’s back the way you came. You’ll have to start all over. Refile all your paperwork, retake all your pills, wait in line for what seems like forever.”

“But if I get this hall pass, you’ll let me leave?”

“We’ll review your paperwork. We’ll still make you wait in line, but you’ll have priority.”

“Then I’ll go get a hall pass.”

“I’d like to leave now, please.”

“Permission denied.”

“But I have all my papers! I put everything in order! I have a hall pass!

“This isn’t the right hall pass. This is a knife-shaped pass. Your papers say you need a pill-shaped pass.”

“I thought I just needed a pass! You didn’t tell me they came in different kinds!”

“You didn’t ask. This pass is invalid. You’ll have to get the proper one.”

“But this is already my second attempt.”

“You should have thought of that before you got the wrong pass.”

“Will you make me file all my paperwork again? Wait in line again?”

“We always do.”

“I’ll go get the right pass.”

“Be sure it matches your paperwork.”

“I’d like to leave now, please.”

“Permission denied.”

“But I have all my papers! I put everything in order! I got my pass and its the right one!

“Someone’s denied your pass.”


“A family member. They don’t want you to leave. They have filed ‘counter papers’.”

“How can they do that?”

“It’s your third attempt you really shouldn’t be surprised. After your first, they made some inquires, put some safeguards in place.”

“Are my wishes less important than theirs?”

“They are equally important. But until there is a hearing, we cannot let you leave. You should discuss your wishes with them.”

“Please, I just want to leave. Please.”

“Permission denied. Please return to the back of the line.”

“I’d like to leave now, please.”

“Permission granted. You have all your papers. You put everything in order.”

“What, no hall pass?”

“You don’t need one. Your papers indicate there was no external assistance. Hall passes are only required for objects of external assistance.”

“No family members filing counter papers?”

“A few. But in this instance, their claims are not valid. You waited patiently in line. You didn’t try to cut to the front.”

“So, I can leave?”

“You may. Please enjoy your trip.”

“I will.”


“I’d like to leave now, please.”

“Permission denied.”

“But I have all my papers! I put everything in order! Here, look!”

“You need a hall pass.”

“I need a what?!

Scarlet Stars

Starlight glimmered in the vast ocean of midnight space, the small ship bobbing along in orbit, engines rumbling warmly as the shutters shielded the pilot from prying eyes. Lights blinked in lazy rhythms, a heartbeat to show the passing cargo cruisers that it and the pilot were still alive. Several inquisitive passersby had already attempted to make contact with the ship, but had been met with silence.

On the inside of the shutters, condensation ran in little rivers of warm water, dripping down onto the floor of the ship. Curled at the center of the command deck, draped over the Captain’s chair, lay a long, slumbering figure.

Ebony hair pooled over her arms and rippled along the curve of her back, her breathing deep and even. The bright red of her skin contrasted with the black of her surroundings. A long, barbed tail flickered back and forth, her fingers twitching as she dreamed.

Another hail reached her ship, and her eyes fluttered open. Slitted pupils scanned over the console until they landed on the single flashing light. She uncurled from her position shifting sinuously out of the chair and over to the console, stretching out to depress the COMM button.

“This had better be important.”

Fall Into the Sea

Once, my love, when you fell into the sea–
And that horrid tide took you away from me

I searched the waves for any sign,
But soon knew you’d drowned in the brine.

I spent my life by the shore,
Wishing for our times before–

But lost, my love, below the waves–
You joined brave sailors in their watery graves.

That horrid tide took you from me–
Once, my love, when you fell into the sea.

Yellow Brick Road

Scarecrow, yes, he got his brain
So he’ll never want for knowledge again–
He knows Aristotle and Arithmetic,
His brain just keeps going– Just won’t quit!
And although dear Scarecrow’s learned a lot,
There is one thing, now, that he’s forgot–
For as his brain gets more smart,
Scarecrow forgets he has a heart.

And Tinman’s finally full of feelings,
He can laugh and cry like real human beings.
He feels things now he never felt before–
The thrill of love, the want for more–
But dear Tinman, lost in emotion,
Got all caught up in true love’s devotion
Not so bad a thing, that’s true–
But Tinman will outlive the one who said “I do”.

Guts he found, that weren’t there before–
Then a hunger for battle, a thirst for war.
Your people, your people, they no longer sing,
Not of their cowardly Lion, nor courageous king.
Instead they weep for what they had–
A cowardly Lion, melancholy & sad.
A gentle ruler, timid and mild–
Not this monster, ruthless & wild.

And Dorthy hides, now, all alone,
Clicks her heels, and thinks of home.
Ruby slippers, long since shattered,
Taking with them the things that mattered.
No more witches, good ones or bad
All just memories, some happy some sad.
She dreams of all that she had before–
She dreams of not being in Kansas anymore.