bye bye smoke
spoken to the lifting, watered
air from the spout the
gone sabbath wick
Is there any such thing?
but/therefore his interest in ghosts :
(water that is not
itself, though you are
told otherwise). Only the
sufferer can see one, for example;
only the still-suffering dead can make
such noise. [He cannot bear watching
me hold another baby, despite repeated
exposures. The child wants to take in (soak
; )all care] babychildbaby wordscrywords
Wishing to speak to a someone now absent
: a holding of mere air For solace I ask of
the person I birthed (he is drawn to that which
frightens and to that which cowersyetspeaks)
He prefers making his own stories now; once
uponatime there was a Mommy, a Daddy, a
child, and a not-nice Ghost who ate people!
Another parent accepting death in wartime An-
other found breathing beneath rubble, on the
sixth day. The husband spills seed on her belly.
The cut-glass sphere breaks open the light. Rain-
bows -volving on the walls. Things existing
Not existing. Wished-for. Despite.
Among the events referred to here: the lighting of a Yahrzeit candle, the Iranian earthquake, my son's fourth birthday, the constant presence of our current war, repeated demands for readings of Georgie and the Noisy Ghost.