A College of Ghosts
How many ghosts sit by the fire?
More than were players of the lyre –
A ghost for every rhyme & song,
Ghost linger where no ghost belong.
Ghost unclean –
Ghost by all but ghost unseen.
Sleep abed with ghost at rest,
Ghost in timbers of the chest.
Ghost reach out & touch the shell,
Ghost draw sweat & lather fell.
Ghost move pen & brush & scale,
Ghost make pick at fingernails.
Ghost bid drink & curse & chew,
Ghost stir an unwholesome stew.
Ghost in bottom of a can,
Ghost in endings, ampersands.
Ghost with rosacea cheeks,
Ghost flinch when a stranger speaks.
Ghost in teeth & tongue & jaw,
Ghost bid dreaming mouth to yaw.
Ghost a fisher, hunter skilled,
Ghost not eat the things it killed.
Ghost of M.R, Poe & James,
Ghost corrupting nursery games.
Ghost miss x while x away
Ghost will bide another day.