Setting The Ghost Free

The emptiness between Hemingway’s words is a
  hollow sound that stays in your mind

The space creates distance as the Old Man wanted,
  from the reader and the voyeur of pain

“Distance from the day he fought and struggled
  to land that one great fish

“Distance from a soldier’s final battle, calling out
  from beyond his reach

“Distance from the arena where the horns got close,
  with death again denied

“And distance from the many women he tried to
  desperately love and failed”

Each city his refuge: Paris, Havana, and Ketchum,
  but in no place were his memories home

And giving in to the distance, setting the ghost free
  —his bell tolled one last time

(Villanova Pennsylvania: June, 2016)
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Submitted by Kurt Philip Behm on April 16, 2019

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Kurt Philip Behm

Longtime writer with twelve books in publication. Three of them Poetry. : The Death Of The Playground : The Sword Of Ichiban : Searching For Crazy Horse : Darkening Sun : An Anthology Of Perception-Vol's 1 & 2 : After Midnight : Sammy And Bumpers : The Fall City Mandate : Revenge Along The War Trail : Death from The Sky more…

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