HORSE, I REASON/ Nobody Ui our house could rest. Father's ghost was summoned Nightly by Mother Who needed to know if he mourned Her broken ribs, her broken nose. Katie Baby, he'd say. Looking real good, Like fifteen years before he died, She said. But He never came to a corner of mine. Through Lincoln Park. I'm looking At sky, flickers of green, and white globes of glass On the top of wrought-tion poles When he says Look at the horse. Sitting up I see parked cars, people, More trees. How can I see Four years old. I lie face up On the back seat while Father drives us slowly When I don't know what I am looking for? Horse, I reason, is a white globe of glass. When he dies, it is all candles And channels. Revelations that come to her In visions. For me it is my father resting On a satin piUow; drawings My third grade teacher finds alarming, Sends home with notes. It is Mother and I on my eighth birthday With lake winds sticing our skirted legs. We've stepped off the El and now We are ducking into doorways To escape the cold.
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 2000
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