Your Ghost: “let him shoot me down”

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Your Ghost (1994) – Kristin Hersh

If I walk down this hallway, tonight,
It’s too quiet,
So I Pad through the dark
and call you on the phone
Push your old numbers
and let your house ring
til I wake your ghost.
Let him walk down your hallway
it’s not this quiet
slide down your receiver
sprint across the wire
follow my number
slide into my hand.

It’s the blaze across my nightgown
it’s the phone’s ring.

I think last night
you were driving circles around me.

I can’t drink this coffee
til I put you in my closet
let him shoot me down
let him call me off
I take it from his whisper
you’re not that tough.

3 thoughts on “Your Ghost: “let him shoot me down””

  1. Hi! Tony,
    Nice poem…which I read yesterday.
    I’am not familiar with poet Kristin Hersh yet,
    but a nice screenshot to accompany her poem.
    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee 😉


  2. MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON may well be the greatest American avante garde film of all-time. The film contains a number of psychologically symbolic images, including an ominous Grim Reaper like cloaked figure, a phone off a hook, a falling key, a knife in a loaf of bread and an ocean. The poem is magnificent here, and one can connect the words to the visual images.


  3. I should have provided more background. “Your Ghost” is a song from Kristin Hersh’s debut solo studio album Hips and Makers. The music video for the song was directed by Katherine Dieckmann and is an homage to Meshes of the Afternoon.

    Greg Laswell issued a cover on his October 2009 EP “Covers” and his version was featured in episodes of Grey’s Anatomy (episode 6.05) and Dollhouse (episode 2.08).


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