In a thin white dress
you used to float above my
sun salutation

But now I look up
and am struck blind by the place
you no longer are

When the darkness comes
it comes and comes in waves and
the waves break on me

And the breaking the
breaking takes my breath and takes
me to the darkness

Is it you I miss,
you I want, you I seek, or
a shadow of you?

I see someone who
looks like a paler you, the
ghost of my desire

If a gentle hand
brushes the skin of my neck
I will be released

John See is a researcher and writer based in Washington DC. His short story “You and Ivy” will be published in Allium later this year, and two of his poems will be published this fall in Poetry Salzburg Review. John earned an MFA in creative writing from Western Michigan University.