Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Outer Layers

I mourn
not just for the
impatient dead
but for the

specters who
tug me with
tasks incomplete
and error

beyond correction.
Death is
irrelevant to haunting.
I have created many

memory ghosts of beings
lost to my life
who return
to dance.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Insanity of the Old

Protected from the past,
insulated in a box
made of star-dust,
closed where it
points to the earth
but open toward the
vacuum of the sky,

why does he
bring the old world back
when he creates his dreams?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Feeling of a One Way Journey

It's rare
in the life of
people with soft cheeks and full flesh
to never return.
Hard and sharp,
eyes squint and mouths
tighten; the surprised
look on the agent's face when he
sells you the ticket.
"Are you sure?" he says.

The repeated
change of seasons,
heading once again
to summer, the
cycles of the day
always renew, generate hope.
When I pleaded to the nurse
how I didn't want my life to change,
she said it already had.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ghost of Christmas Past

First ghost was his wife,
to whom he was sworn,
fading, thin, bandaged,
in the far northern city,

tubed in another world or no world.
Nurses and social worker
urged him to choose life.
But the deep promises linger,

in pictures with cheery captions
from his children.
He tosses in bed
and lets the quilt
slide off his legs.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

A Version of Haunting

Somebody else's ghost
takes her away
makes her mumble him, although
I think she wants me to hear.

Those are dark
moments when she puts
the mask of memory
over her eyes.

He takes her away.
I watch, an audience
for a dance, a perverse

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Moshe The Invisible Video

"Moshe the Invisible"
Short story read aloud on You Tube