Magazine November 28, 2011, Issue

Poetry

GHOST AND GUEST

Collapsing on a sleeping friend

Upon the couch, I fell

Sincerely sorry to offend

This guest in my “hotel.”

Our customary schedules changed,

He lay as if in pitch,

No boundaries, his form estranged

From which idea was which.

He panted thrice, but barely stirred,

His fright dry and compressed –

Neither of us with a word,

We two: the ghost and guest.

My pulse stopped years ago, it’s true.

That person is a ghost

Who stumbles; this, perhaps, he knew –

Unseeing, yet engrossed.

I fled the scene in full control,

Apologies ad hoc.

My terrorizing of a soul

Had come as little shock.

Jennifer Reeser is the author of six books. Her most recent poetry collection is Indigenous (Able Muse Press, 2018).

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