Occupied by a Phantasm

She appraises her situation and,
faltering from the typical, she fears
reaching conclusions with a negative
bent. She has considered becoming like
those expatriates who have abandoned
their home; she contemplates leaving her own.

This place – once house, once home – is occupied
by a phantasm, a ghost of wounded
life consistent with nightmares not yet gone.
She searches for the revelatory
dream, the midnight images that will shine
quasar-bright, bring her back to positive.

Ignoring thoughts collie-herding her to
the edge, however, a slow smile begins.