All that is left behind.

All that is left behind.

By David Milligan-Croft.


There is a ghost

of a cherry tree leaf

in my notebook,

from where I pressed it.


A memento

from a happier time 

that I wanted to cherish,

no doubt.


The leaf must have 

fallen out at some point –

how careless of me

to have lost you.


There is a faint trace

of red residue

left behind on the coarse paper. 

It is allΒ 

that is left behind.




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15 responses to “All that is left behind.

  1. jsimpsonpoet


  2. JMN

    I like to try to articulate what I find affecting in a lyric which moves me, and in yours it’s the quiet power of unvarnished statement and a delicate rhetorical touch. The simplicity has a cumulative force, and the conclusion tolls like a bell with the repetition of “left behind.”

    • Thank you for taking the time to reply so thoughtfully, I really appreciate it. I’m glad the ending resonated with you. I try to choose my words carefully. Hence ‘cherish’ to echo ‘cherry’. Thank you again πŸ˜ŠπŸ™

  3. You captured how I feel when I cross the ghost of a memory.

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