To see ghosts (NaPoWriMo)

On day twenty five…
I saw a ghost,
Would you believe me if I told you
That I saw a ghost more than once?
I knew when he was going to surgery
He was not coming back,
I held his hand,
I saw a ghost of the man he had been
When I was young,
I saw a ghost of a smile touch his old tired lips,
I saw a ghost that held my hand,
In silence we sat
We knew, didn’t we?
I saw a ghost
He sat on my bed the night he left,
Awoke me from a sound sleep
I saw a ghost and he reached out for me
And I for him
And I saw a ghostly smile on his ghostly face
And he nodded to me
He drifted away.
I saw a ghost,
A different one,
I found him when he died
And saw the sheet that sheltered his bed
In the dark basement
Blow softly with the passing
Of the ghost I saw when I closed his
Milky eyes
I put pennies on them,
Isn’t that what you do to keep them closed?
I went up and called my mom
And told her he was gone
While I ate my buttered egg noodles
I walked out in the sun
Away from death
And I was a little more than a child
But I felt calm,
Sad but calm
And when they carried him up
The big black bag zipped tight,
93 years of a ghost of a man
Who had been homeless
That we took in and fed and loved
And cared for.
I saw a ghost and he was at peace,
He came to me and sat down beside me,
And I smiled and said say hi to your mom
Because he had seen her in her passing
And told me the story of seeing ghosts
And I thought it was so very cool
And I guess I was prepared and ready
When I saw a ghost,
I sent peace and felt the spirit
As it waved goodbye.

And now for our (optional) prompt. Anaphora is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the beginning of multiple clauses or, in the case of a poem, multiple lines. The phrase “A time to,” as used in the third Chapter of Ecclesiastes, is a good example of anaphora. But you don’t have to be the Old Testament (or a Byrds song) to use anaphora.