Forget those skellies
locked up tight in closets, grinning,
clattering to a minstrel tune.
Forget guys in white sheets
going wooooo, flapping around,
cheap melodrama floating in the air.
The real ghosts are our memories.
They bushwhack us from ambush, triggered by
scrawls in a diary, the smell of a shirt collar, an empty chair.
Susan Castillo Street is a Louisiana expatriate and academic who lives in the Sussex countryside. She is Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emeritus, King’s College, University of London, and has published two collections of poems The Candlewoman’s Trade (Diehard Press, 2003) and Abiding Chemistry, Aldrich Press, 2015. Her poems have appeared in The Missing Slate, The Stare’s Nest, Nutshells and Nuggets, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Snakeskin, Literature Today, York Mix and other reviews. She is a member of three poetry groups: 52, Goat, and Slant 2015.