What we wish

to hear, what

we wish them

to be: scolds,

advisors, absolvers

of guilt, devour

us like desire.

Yet, table thumps

and tarot cards

talk only

with our tongues.

The dead cannot

speak except

through ghosts

we evoke

in memory

late at night

when we cannot

sleep again.

(December 4, 2019)

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