I've been looking, don't say I haven't!
But it seem I've fallen into the bad habit
Of loving the wrong type, blissfully dumb
Then getting dumped, heartbroken and numb
Sometimes I just look at myself in the mirror
Trying hard to see what others see clearer
I see a plain person who deserves loneliness
I try to cheer up, I know I'm a mess
One day when I cry after looking at my reflection
I finally give up and accept the rejection
But then I feel a warm pressure on my shoulder
As though someone sitting near had moved in closer
Turning quickly, I see nothing strange
Looking again, I see the curtains have changed
They flutter like a wind has disturbed them
Shaking like a leaf, I lift up the crimson hem
The windows are closed, locked up tight
A voice, barley audible whispers, "It'll be alright."
My instincts tell me to run, but my mind says stay
The deeper voice comes again, "Please don't go away."
Settling against the wall I quietly ask the voice
"I suppose if you say I must stay, I have no choice?"
A light chuckle rang out then faded from the room
"Not every ghost you talk to is full of death and gloom."
I was afraid to even move but something pulled at me to stay
I surprised myself by saying, "I wish you hadn't gone away."
The voice seemed as startled as I, when it asked, "You remember me?'
Suddenly an image of a tall man settled in my mind, "Only a faint memory."
Sounding relieved the voice said, "That's all I need."
"I'll tell you the tale of hatefulness and greed."
I nodded an sat spellbound, unable to move an inch
Then I felt a hand on my shoulder which made me flinch
Not seeming to notice, he continued with his tale
"It was your father who set out for me to fail.
In a time long ago when you lived by the sea
Your father was a king and you told him you loved me
He wanted my vast land
So he gave me your hand
Then on our wedding night
He declared we must fight
Picking up a dagger
He struck and I staggered
Driving in the final blow
He sent me to a land of halos
You screamed at him and he locked you away
Kept you hungering in the dungeon 'til the last of your days
All I could do was watch helplessly
Which was horrific torture to me
But I'm here now, my love
Because we were meant to be."
Suddenly I recognized the voice
And knew I'd hated my father's choice
"It's you." I said in awed wonder
A rumbling laugh shook like thunder
A new man spoke, "I see you've found each other."
I stood and yelled, "I can't believe you, father!"
He laughed again and said, "I'll settle this, my sweet."
The other voice said, "I will not be trampled under your feet!"
Then a choking sound accompanied by a rumbling laugh
"You think you can beat me, you must be daft!"
I stood and yelled, "Stop father, leave him be!"
He answered, "Oh, I'll leave him, you'll see."
Then silence filled the room
Quiet as an ancient tomb
The young man remained, but the king had taken his ability
He could not touch, speak, or write things, he grunted with futility
No sound came, I began to stand
I called around the room, with my eyes I scanned
Nothing, not even a crooked curtain to prove
That my one true love had stood in this room
He yelled her name and wept, all without sound
She would not hear him again 'til she lay in the ground.