Duck

United States

an automaton put back together wrong

but you can roast zucchini

June 24, 2016

PROMPT: Pantoum

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You cannot kill a ghost,
They said, as they chopped zucchini
Into tiny pieces to be roasted
Over the bright orange fire.

They said, as they chopped zucchini,
The dead never really die, just falter.
Over the bright orange fire
The moon hung in the sky like my father.

The dead never really die, just falter.
Ghosts are failures we can never get rid of.
The moon hung in the sky like my father;
I want to tell him I understand now.

Ghosts are failures we can never get rid of.
My father's ghosts curl around me like smoke, like zucchini.
I want to tell him I understand now --
You cannot kill a ghost.

 

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