Naked Ghosts

To my brother

Remember the time you went crazy
& asked me to hit you like in that movie Fight Club?

Im sorry I didn’t have the stomach for it,
never been much of a fighter.

You felt good & stole the car,
New York was calling to your fast mind

& you said you finally knew what it meant to be free.
But soon you were barefoot & confused

in a strange city
full of black panic faces.

You cried uneven prayers of forgiveness
through a brown paper bag

& begged me not to let them take
you away. You & I,

we are bred from the same stock-piled sadness
& nervous ticking. You said there are days

you wear your disorder like a coat
but other times it chokes you like a noose,

hating yourself comes easy.

I read the note scattered among the pills
buried beneath your motionless body:

Imsorryimsorryimsorry
please don’t wake me!

& when they asked you if you meant it,
you quoted scripture in a feigned southern accent:

Let your “yes” be “yes,” and your “no” be “no”

I know that naked ghosts used to haunt you at night
hovering ominously above your childhood bed

you were so sure they found you out,

& when you told this to our father
he shed a helpless tear & finally knew

what it meant to love someone more
than life itself.

 

About Tyler Ziebarth

Tyler is a second-year MACP student who loves film, walking on treadmills, & talking about Kurt Vonnegut. Sometimes, he wishes he could speak French.

Tyler Ziebarth

Tyler is a second-year MACP student who loves film, walking on treadmills, & talking about Kurt Vonnegut. Sometimes, he wishes he could speak French.

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