Still Haunted

A stranger to this winter city flushed blue
              with fallen snow, I touch metal to make light
to walk until I think I break a train. A rough
 
voice jeers at me, What the hell is wrong with you?
              Mathematics informs me I no longer want
you. Still, I remain the one who slinks
 
down to a wet and wretched creature
              whenever I see your face: still, my voice
catches in my throat hard as a coin. Still,
 
my hands shake pallid as a specter even
              after two years without your body near.
On the north side of town, littlenecks
 
coddle in warm butter while girls in black
              boots tromp through curbside pots of slush
and gasoline. Over wine sparkling in tavern
 
firelight, my most logical friend tells me
              how she once met a ghost on the stairs
of the old house we shared years ago,
 
how she first heard the footsteps of nothing
              at all, then felt a gust of cold air as it passed
her by. Her eyes fearful, she did not deserve
 
this witching hour affliction from a spirit
              she has since learned was a girl scorned
by her family for running off with an artist,
 
her unseen phantom only women now
              can sense, and in a house of eight women,
only my friend. Why wasn’t it lovelorn me?
 
New city, new lovers, nothing matters. Spirit,
              on a snow-laced street, you are the lamppost
caught wild in flame. This you still know:
 
if I sensed your footsteps racing towards me,
              if I felt your rush and if I heard you call out
my name, Spirit, still, I would turn.