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ghost in the steam of soup

Ghosts in the steam of soup
 
 
 
Kabero comes to my apartment
 
Via Africa via Canada via New York City
 
Kabero says   you people eat food so bland
 
As he piles black pepper on his soup
 
 
 
Kabero says   Canada is too cold
 
Kabero says   the people in New York call me double dumb ass
 
But he likes it here
 
in the south
 
 
 
At school he is tired from the night shift at the motel
 
The motel he lives in
 
Kabero gets confused because he is so tired
 
He wants to write and read right to left
 
But he is not at home
 
He is in this left to right bland world
 
 
 
Kabero says not to be scared of his girlfriend’s son
 
When I meet them
 
He is just touched
 
He will not hurt you
 
He will only hug you and be happy
 
That is the way it goes down
 
 
 
everyone is smiling
 
In my memory of Kabero
 
Summoned by the steam rising from my heavy peppered chicken soup
 
 
 
Don’t worry my friend
 
It’s been twenty years and I haven’t told hardly anyone
 
That sometimes
 
You eat sausage
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just someone my mother might know

8 responses »

  1. Fantastc. Absolutely. Breath-taking. The whole sweep of it. Truly. Majestic.

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  2. You have such a gift! I feel so privileged to get to read your poems . . .thank you! 🙂

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  3. i get it now! you are really good you know? on, on, may we grow and grow and grow!

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  4. We are not grateful enough by far for discreet Kaberos. ~ RK

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  5. I just read this again. Fallen in love with it all over again. Sent it to Reddit.

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