Running away

A ghost  ‮A  ghost

‭is following me;  ‮ is following me;

she makes noise to be where  ‮ she makes noise to be where

there should be nothing to see;  ‮  there should be nothing to see;

she makes patterns in deep water ‮ she makes patterns in deep water

from which nothing emerges  ‮ from which nothing emerges

clearly; she trips me, tricks  ‮ clearly; she trips me, tricks

me, traps me, tracks  ‮ me traps me, tracks

me, I try to out  ‮ me, I try to out

run her, out  ‮ run her, out

fox her, out  ‮ fox her, out

wit her, sweat her  ‮ wit her, sweat her

out. But when I step out  ‮ out. But when I step out

of the shower, I am afraid to wipe the steam from the cold, damp mirror.

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