Aidan Forster | Love Poem with Absentee

Famous, mostly,
………he left home

& returned
………with the grace

of a dowsing rod.
………My love a danger,

or a copse
………of pink flowers,

I unbloomed
………yardside,

let my hair
………down & dark,

but the whole town
………turned its head,

wasted the day.
………Late nights

& we drank
………spiced cider,

his hairy leg
………my body’s ballast,

his mind far
………like a child’s

in sleep. I grew
………lonelier by the day.

Outside, the leaves
………shook with wind,

& I too wanted a ghost.
………To be entered with no fanfare.

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Aidan Forster is a junior in high school. He studies creative writing at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina. His work has been honored by Princeton University, the Poetry Society of America, the National YoungArts Foundation, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, among others. His work is in or forthcoming from The Adroit Journal, BOAAT, Indiana Review, Pleiades, and Verse, among others. His chapbook Exit Pastoral is forthcoming from YesYes Books.