Innocent Specter
Megan Stolz

Innocent Specter

If I existed in the smoke
of the candle burning in the church,
or the steam rising from the kettle,
ceramic blue, while the tea
pours in my cup—if these molecules
and mine molded in air,
perhaps then I could meet you,
the ghost who has left me
to dance among the stars.
Come back, I say, but all I hear
is the echo of your childlike laugh.

Megan Stolz

has contributed to Welter, The Barefoot Review, and HOOT. She earned her MFA from the University of Baltimore and her BA from Hollins University. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.