Lights and Shadows

Chichester to London Victoria

They feel the same,

      the missing and the found, 

once empty stillness

      settles in the mind 

and dulls the edge

      of every loss you find.

These glancing lights more

      serious than they seem, 

which tell a stranger’s age 

      though not their name, 

something of living have: 

      they feel the same, 

as if you’d captured

      from connections missed 

stray teardrops sprinkled 

      by a hurrying ghost – 

a stranger, but the one

      who loved you most.