Ophelia – Ed Higgins

Her ghost
kept coming back
to Hamlet
maybe driving him
mad as well who knows
trailed by pale regret
and her sad specter
(haunted undersea dreams
of the innocent drowned)
his mist-thin love
incapable of saving her
but oh, her fair fey hair
glistening, floating there
lost love’s shudder rising
over Elsinore’s
blood-hazed moon.
Death’s deep chill
moaning loudly
this ghostly loss too.
Denmark’s knowing
defects of weather--
winds blowing cold
warning of darker skies
coming still.

Ed Higgins’ poems and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals including: Monkeybicycle, Danse Macabre, Ekphrastic Review, and Triggerfish Critical Review, among others. Ed is Asst. Editor for Brilliant Flash Fiction. He has a small farm in Yamhill, OR, raising a menagerie of animals—including a rooster named StarTrek. As an AirB&B host on his farm he sets out a host of books ranging from poetry to fiction, including classical to contemporary authors.

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