“Étude for a Ghost” – Haiku VI

[Originally published as the second half of Infinite Summer.]

51—
A rabbit’s lost tail
There waits a blood-toothed bear here
Hungers patiently

52—
Infidelity
Serpentine gourds hold for me
Dawning amnesia

53—
Somewhere a lung floats
Disembodied but laughing
Violet stains I hear

54—
Etude for a ghost
She reins dried tears of despair
Song born in waters

55—
Spare the mourning curse
Marrow that feeds the witch-flame
Chills, akin to loss

56—
Forever it snows
On the granite hearth we melt,
Conjoin to fluids

57—
Shards wreathe his neckbones
Always he seeks trail of clots
My injured faith leaks

58—
His heart in wire vise
Infinitely breaks for me
Distance, slow murder

59—
Armor from language
No medicine to soothe this
Consuming toxin

60—
Distant train bellows
Crude coal-fleshed ghosts beckon, though
I’m shackled by bogs

Copyright © S. M. Shuford 2018
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