Some ghosts are my fathers,
forever testaments to ragelove,
undertow, imprint of baseball stitches
on the temple. Not king, not priest,
not urchin, but sad patient drugged
asleep in the psychiatric wing.
Not all ghosts are fathers.
I’ve counted them as I walk the suburbs.
Some are rabbits wearing moonrise
like an oversized firefighter’s jacket.
So ghostly, they stalk the cul-de-sacs,
gilled with despair, truculent, dreaming.
But that’s not all.
Sometimes I am my own father,
ghosting myself with amnesiac alphabets,
anemones, instructions against wrath
quelled by the unresolved stretches
of outer space warped inside
a lullaby I aim to sing above my daughter’s crib,
a mobile of my griefs made radiant.