“Étude for a Ghost” – Haiku IV

[Originally published as the second half of Infinite Summer.]

31—
Braids of snow white hair
Serpent chains ride tundra wind
That lifts her higher

32—
Funnel of ivy
I fall into cursed garden
Eternal evening

33—
Phantom skull I hold
Listens to occult wavelength
Ponders black magic

34—
Written on her lips
In cocoon silk – intimate,
Muted psalms of love

35—
Mulling on disease
Infused in romance, lying
In meadow violets

36—
Crystal branches crack
Glimmer of raindrops etching
Suspended fortunes

37—
Moonstone tiara
Mysterious waves of breath
She re-births my soul

38—
Silk fire, scarlet leaves
Malignant shadow spies on
Light’s thriving beauty

39—
Zephyr, shifting lungs
Enclosed meadow in a globe
Float serene, alone

40—
Mother, I’m dying
Sorrows I bear like lash wounds
Martyred yet saintless

Copyright © S. M. Shuford 2018
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