John-Ward Leighton

Photo ©Copyright 2009 by John-Ward Leighton

Photo ©Copyright 2009 by John-Ward Leighton
Photos ©Copyright 2009 by John-Ward Leighton
GHOST

He marched with me yesterday
and stuck with me all day
like a poem
that wouldn’t go away.

We walked the pathways of the past
when in 64
we paraded in the fiftieth anniversary
of the beginning of the war
to make war no more.

Like so many of the promises
we broke
we did it again twenty one years later
and then in cold and hot
we have never achieved
the promise made
on the eleventh of the eleventh 1918.

Picture of my Grand daughter
came over the wire
and her sweet smile
gave me great pleasure
as I showed it to my Father’s ghost.

Her connection
to the time of Queen Victoria
John and Elizabeth,
Charles and Jean,
John and Anna May,
Eloi and Heather,
and now Maya
1873 to 2009.

How is it that
a man who doesn’t believe
in spirits or heavenly hosts
now spends some of his time
talking to a
ghost?