Ghost Town


History’s for sale, non-refundable,

you can have it for just a penny.

Don’t mind the bullet-riddled signs

or the vandalized windows.

Not part of the Old West,

it has no mystique—

no dead outlaws.

Here, silence


And with it,

a sense of lives

lived in that stillness.

People dwelled quietly

here, not in desperation,

but in doubt of what the future

might bring. It’s not their ghosts, but the town’s

own, that lingers to see the mortgage paid.