Ghostwriter

What does it mean

to be a ghost

writer

does it mean you are a ghost

who writes

or a writer

who talks

about ghosts

or a writer who writes

on behalf of the ghost

population

or does it mean

the words disappear

from the page

as soon as

they’re written

only for you

to wonder what was

there

something you can feel

but not see

something you know happened

but you don’t know who made

that thing happen

or

why

they could not just show their face

say their name

celebrate themselves on the page

too

with their words

perhaps a ghost writer is

a medium

and the ‘real’ writer

is not really real

it’s just someone the ghostwriter

imagined

up

channeled

from another

life

of their own

because they were

too afraid

to say

‘I wrote this book’

this was my life before

and I want it to be

no more

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