wicked alice| fall 2010


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Erin Gendron

GhostPatriotHusband

My American ghost aches
like a knotted dollar.  In my black
pajamas, I drink champagne. Iím
in no condition to complete
a transaction.  Like everyone

else, Iím just barely keeping
the doors open; Iím pacing,
wide-eyed, gnawing receipts.
In the world of ether, I thee wed,

you are looking cute. Sorry,
Iím so drunk.  Itís really none
of my business, but that rumble
in your gut, or that tick in the tea kettle,

will burble then bubble over.  If you have
a sore throat, put the money where my
mouth is.  See this ugly dark tint on my
lips? Smell that newly-minted smell
that smells nothing like mint.  My

American ghost floats down from the attic,
drifts up from the floorboards, paints the ring
around your white collar, asks you
to meet me under the money tree,  so you

can read me your love ledger, so we can
keep playing foreclosure. Offer, counter
offer, pending signature, no interest;
yes, even a ghost has a bottom line.