Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Beautiful Obsession of the Hotel Ghost



author's note:

A snake once showed me: you can't get rid of your old skin unless you keep moving.


THE BEAUTIFUL OBSESSION OF THE HOTEL GHOST

Each night, I hear her soft steps
on the carpet outside my door
as she walks the hotel hallway.

Like me, she is driven
by the painful desire
to leave the skin
of a worn life behind
and live a new way.

Both of us frustrated--
weary of our slowness
but beautifully obsessed:
we can’t stop ourselves
from putting
one foot
in front of the other
one foot
in front of the other...

People believe she wanders lost
and some believe the same of me
but the sages say:
as long as you keep walking
you will surely find your way.



© 2017, Michael R. Patton
what I learned while alone: an ebook

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