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The Return

The air is thick with memory -
A fog of reminiscence.
Or is it simply mist 
Rolling through the window? 
I feel the wind and taste the salt,
Hear the distant pulse of waves 
Keeping time, skipping beats
With my haunted heart.
The wind chimes sway and croon
From their place above the sill,
Where sand dollars still form a row
Among crumbs of sand.
And there, on the bedside table -
Speckled stones arranged just so.
And if I lift them, I know
I'll find dustless circles,
Halos from the past.
My vision blurs.
Then I see her in the doorway -
The ghost of childhood,
Twirling in a cloud of skirts,
Strings of seashells draped like gems
Around her fragile neck.
I blink - 
And she's gone.
But through the mist I hear  
The patter of bare feet
Down the empty hallway.

Copyright © Heather Ober

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 3:58:00 AM
    My goodness, I see myself in this poem. I will fave this also. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 11:18:00 PM
    Wow! that's haunting, Heather. I love the openning two lines. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 9:34:00 AM
    Congratulations Heather on your win~A.O

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 7:35:00 AM
    I close my eyes and see this...congratulations Heather...

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 7:15:00 AM
    Somehow, I missed this...but I'm glad cause I was expecting to see one of MY favs on Andrea's win list...this was a pleasant surprise! Its stunning...really STUNNING. I see why it was on her fav its on mine. And thanks for the heads up on the contest change. Gotta run. The family will be awake soon and we're outta coffee!

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 9:38:00 PM
    Heather, Congratulations IN HONOR OF Andrea's favorite POEM contest. *Always & Forever' @->- LINDA -<-@

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 8:36:00 PM
    Stunning poetry, Heather. Congratulations on your awesome win in Andrea's "fave poem" contest. You have the gift, my friend :)

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 8:32:00 PM
    Heather, a sweet win~*~SKAT

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 8:21:00 PM
    Many congrats my dear friend Heather! This is indeed great and amazing! Sooo love it & sooo enjoyed. You also write so well. I'll fave you ;))Thank you so much! Have a grace-filled day! Love and hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 12:23:00 PM
    wow, you are so amazing when you write like this. Another one for my faves. This must be the best poem I have read today. I think I have exhausted all your poems by now. You have to give MORE up on the board for me to see. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 10/31/2012 12:57:00 AM
    I was drawn right into this poem from the very first line, great job Heather, blessings, Carl

  1. Date: 3/8/2012 11:42:00 AM
    A ghost Heather???? The poem is wery good written, I like it alot. Glad you are back and writhing Heather. - oxox love Anne-Lise

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Anne Lise :)
  1. Date: 3/7/2012 9:35:00 PM
    The visual intensity of this poem is astounding. I love it. Stephen.

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Stephen :)