You Look Like You’ve Seen A Ghost

You Look Like You’ve Seen A Ghost by Valerie Parente

It’s very surreal
when the thing that haunted you for 10 months
is confirmed to be real.

It’s very relieving
when the thing that made you question your sanity
was worth believing.

It’s very humbling
when the thing you swore you knew beyond a doubt
was not for nothing.

It’s very comforting
when the hurt and the heal and the hope you achieved
has a little company.

– Valerie Parente (3-15-2021)


Surreal by Valerie Parente

It’s so hard to believe that from now on when we talk about your presence
it’s going to be in past tense.
What we feel is what is real to us
and we still feel that you are here with us.


– Valerie Parente (2-10-2020)