1. My First Magic Hat
Slick cards stick to honey stains,
her hair escapes from the felt’s black brim.
Tap a penny, make it spin,
wave the wand and blond
waves of hair spiral away.
I am not good at this.
I dream of opening doors,
knobs coming off in my hand.
Imaginary daughters do not come in.
Conjuring a knuckle and a dove,
I elbow air.
I made something disappear.
2. Playing Mother
I hear little girls
in the gravel.
I see the milk,
the doll hair, rubber
I held her elbow
undressed, cut her hair
to a stub, a broom swept
down to its roots.
Things don’t grow back.
3. She Had an Accident
In a plastic bag with a great big tag
she had an accident an incident
Announced in thick black magic
marker letters headlines to the world
She had an accident and soiled
the twist tie at the top of the plastic
magic she had an incident and threads
Frayed from her mouth she spat bloody
gauze from the holes in her jaw she had
an accident and now her soiled gauze
Clothes must be tied and twisted into a sack
of accident she had big black letters all over
her mouth from the holes in her neck she twisted
Her mind around the bottle of blood and percocet she
had an accident that no one no matter how
much they shout or wash and water it will never