has haunted him so many decades,
it’s grown grey whiskers
Casper the unfriendly ghost,
creeps into Gabe’s heart
in the black of midnight,
and reflects off his soul
by the sunrays of noon.
Time’s made the ghosts’ boos,
echo louder and spookier...
Gabe tells himself it wasn’t his fault.
He had his wife and child to think of.
Despite his father’s tearful pleas,
dad couldn’t move in with him.
He ‘had’ to send dad to a nursing home.
Those youthful thoughts are haunting shadows,
now Gabe’s child’s grown up,
and told him to stop sobbing:
Gabe Junior’s career and love life come first:
Gabe Senior has to enter a nursing home.
Richard Sponaugle was born 4-20-60 in Maryland and raised in Northern Virginia. He received a BA from George Mason University. A prolific poet and songwriter, he has been published in many venues.