She Haunts Me

Memories haunt me …

memories haunt

I remember being swayed by the ocean,

Reliving all the sights and sounds

The water lapping on sand in slow motion,

Waves, like emotions, crashing down


And me on this beach, contemplating life,

Memories flowing like a pendulum

Swinging back and forth, with moments blithe,

With some habitually nettlesome


Yet nightfall befalls me, same place, same time

Same faded existence, same old lines

Same rock from ashore, same feelings, sublime

Always annexed, away in the brine


Like a clock hand finds the proper position

Knowing to make its way home once more

Trapped in my thoughts, my own perdition,

My mind filled with dourly wall decor


I watch the whitecaps in remembrance of,

That fateful day the dam broke loose

The rush when perception fell short in love,

And pain was ready to profuse


Broken picture frames, how deeply they slash,

Elation had worn away so fast

Obtuse was I, to read through your closed eyelash,

To see the depths that pain had cast


So worried I’d become, to mend the frame,

The picture blurred and washed away

Those joyful tributes never felt the same

so tarnished with the end each day.


Each night awakened from the same nightmare

The ones that brought me to the sea

The one recurring theme when you aren’t here,

And the waves crash upon my knees


The prayers are hollow, when asking for release,

But like Groundhog’s Day I’m never freed

Reliving her death, its breaching of peace,

My demons interstice my pleas.


Caught in purgatory I revisit the plot

Retentions of her smell, her smile

That rain sodden evening when she was shot,

the tears when I walked her box down the aisle.


I fade in and out, each night the same slot,

her ghostly reflection I see

Same window pane echoes, same lonely spot,

And out towards the ocean I scream




Paul Neglia
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Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

16 thoughts on “She Haunts Me

  • December 29, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Oh, how I love your poetry, Paul. This one is so vivid in my mind as I read your excellent phrasing. You are a master at word crafting. Well done. Take care.

    • December 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM

      Thank you so much for your kind words Phyllis. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • December 29, 2018 at 8:03 PM

    Paul these are some well written quatrains with powerful lines and a rhythm and rhyme that pulls you in and never lets you go. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

    • December 30, 2018 at 9:01 AM

      Jamie thank you so much for your kind words and comments. I am glad you enjoyed this.

  • December 29, 2018 at 10:34 PM

    Paul the flow and rhythm of your work is constant, one feels your work, it digs in to the soul. Like art, it’s expressive and flowing, like colors melting into a bare white canvas, your words blend precisely and phrasing lights up and sheds an airy cast of shadows, silhouettes and ghostly ambiance. Like a an intoxicating breeze your poetry envelopes and delivers precisely what your reader imagines with every verse penned. Brilliant work, bravo my friend.

    • December 30, 2018 at 9:02 AM

      I am Honored by your words Vincent. I am glad you enjoyed this. I am only trying to keep pace with you my friend.

      • December 30, 2018 at 9:32 AM

        That will be easy enough my friend. Your talent surpasses many, must I remind you sir, you are a true poet, be proud of that and never think for a minute that you are less talented than any one of the great poets we have online at various sites as this one. Peace to you and yours and a very blessed, happy and healthy New Year. Keep writing, I truly enjoy your work. P.S. a side note, I am easy to keep pace with, Tony was the prolific writer here and I miss his work, I hope he honors us with his presence and magnificent gifts from time to time.

        • December 30, 2018 at 10:41 AM

          Well i truly appreciate that Vincent. Yeah i dont know if any of us can keep Tony’s pace. It would be nice to hear from him from time to time. I will attempt to push more work up here on this site. No guarantees though. Have a happy and healthy new year as well my friend.

  • December 31, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Paul a very expressive piece and after reading what the others have wrote there is nothing that I can really add other than I really enjoyed this.

    • January 2, 2019 at 6:57 AM

      Thank you so much for stopping by Kurt. I do appreciate the kind words. Happy New Year.

  • January 2, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Last to the party, but not too late to heap a few additional praises on this piece of work – very real and invokes something in each of us, for we’ve all been there in one form or another. Wonderful in all respects.

    • January 2, 2019 at 1:35 PM

      You still made it to the party, and that’s what counts. Ralph thank you so much for your kind words. Im glad you enjoyed it.

  • January 3, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    An outstanding piece of poetry, Paul. I have to reiterate the previous comments, especially from Vincent and Jamie. great job.

    • January 4, 2019 at 12:08 PM

      Thanks John. Appreciate your kind words.

  • January 5, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Very nice visions inspired Paul , Great work !

    • January 6, 2019 at 2:39 PM

      Thank you very much Ed. Glad you enjoyed it.


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