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Love Poems - Ian R Thorpe

Ghost Girl
During my first summer in New York in 1966 the property on which my American girlfriend's family lived, as well as the main house had an empty, reputedly haunted house. G and I used to go there for solitude but a voyeuristic portrait of a young woman hanging over the hearth watched us. We decided she was the ghost and was jealous of our passionate snogging and groping (my girlfriend was only 16). Later I blamed the ghost girl for making me return to England. She had been jealous I decided and if she could not have me nobody else would - not in her house anyway. This poem tells of G, me and how the jealousy of the ghost girl forced us apart. Over 40 years later I am still a little in love with G.

Broken Stem
by Ian R Thorpe
November 2002
CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, non commercial, no derivs.
KEYWORDS: celebrity, expectation, entitlement, culture, education, media, poem, poetry, verse

Ghost Girl


I You brought me to the ghost girl.
In the empty house on your land
She watched, a faded portrait hanging
above the cold hearth as we ventured
to the edge of ecstacy. You introduced us
told me the ghost girl spoke to you,
that she was lonely, having never loved
She looked on as our embrace warmed
and coloured the abandoned room
as sunlight never had. You believed
my energy might free her, were sure she was unhappy in the prison of that frame;
her eyes,soft blue like yours, watched me
map desires on your ghost - pale body.
She too was young, you said, youth had
denied her the freedom of death and death
the freedom to love and become a woman.
In days when youth was a prison she was
given no time to be free. I was not so sure.
In my imagination she was not quite innocent
and used your body to cling to our world.
You tried to release the Ghost girl but
she claimed our love for her own. Through
months and years she watched each time
I thought of you, jealously pushing me away
so you, lonely, would bring her new lovers.



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