The ghosts are walking

Day 176

photo by Wilson Alvarez

photo by Wilson Alvarez

The ghosts are walking.

Huge bodies, shaggy heads,


Paw, and hoof leave no print,

but they are there just the same.

Grazing, and hunting,


raising babies.

Turn your head, quick,

in the fading light

and you almost catch them

staring at you

eyes glinting in the half dark,

breathing small clouds

and puffs,

trying to catch your scent.

The ones we’ve lost.

The ones who should be here still.

Some gone forever.

And some, waiting,


until it’s safe to come out again.

You used to live here,

and I hope one day you will again.

I’m sorry.

I love you.

Thank you.

Please forgive me.

Passenger pigeon

Eastern Elk

Woodland Bison

Red Wolf

Gray Wolf


Carolina Parakeet

Heath Hen

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Black Bear

Mountain Lion

And so many more.

How alive are the living

when we live

surrounded by ghosts?

Thank you for listening,



photo by Yank

photo by Yank


One response to “The ghosts are walking

  1. Waiting until it is safe to show themselves again….
    This is my daydream, my prayer, m hope.
    Please let us be worthy of them.

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