Ghosts come to tea uninvited
in the house where the stone
ripens in different grays
as the designers tried so painfully
to plan the structure in time,
its washing off, its colorful decay.
How does one honor the ghosts,
the owners who were kicked out,
or the ones who built the place
and return to see how the walls weathered,
if their design held out in time?
Architects haunt their ruins,
build circles of trust around the picturesque style.
Who hears the songs
of abandoned rooms, boarded windows,
dilapidated floors, closed roads,
paths eaten by ivy vines?
Lucia Cherciu was born in Romania and came to the United States in 1995. She is a Professor of English at SUNY Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, NY, and writes both in English and in Romanian. Her new book of poetry, Train Ride to Bucharest, is forthcoming from Sheep Meadow Press. Edible Flowers, which was a finalist for the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, was published in 2015 by Main Street Rag. Her other books of poetry are Lepădarea de Limbă (The Abandonment of Language) (Editura Vinea, 2009), and Altoiul Râsului (Grafted Laughter) (Editura Brumar, 2010). Her poetry appeared in The Antioch Review, Connecticut Review, The Cortland Review, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Paterson Literary Review, Poetry East, Astra, Contrapunct, Hyperion, Oglinda Literară, and elsewhere. Her poetry received an Honorable Mention for the Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize and was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her website is http://luciacherciu.webs.com.