to the lifting, watered
from the spout the
there any such thing?
his interest in ghosts :
that is not
though you are
otherwise). Only the
can see one, for example;
the still-suffering dead can make
noise. [He cannot bear watching
hold another baby, despite repeated
The child wants to take in (soak
care] babychildbaby wordscrywords
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
and to that which cowersyetspeaks)
prefers making his own stories now; once
there was a Mommy, a Daddy, a
and a not-nice Ghost who
parent accepting death in wartime An-
found breathing beneath rubble, on the
day. The husband spills seed on her belly.
cut-glass sphere breaks open the light. Rain-
-volving on the walls. Things existing
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.