Visitation

A man who wore a Kelly green shirt
Surprised me in my dream
Crashed on my great grandma’s old couch
swathed in blankets, soft and deep

I don’t ask him why he’s there,
It seems we both already know
This room’s exactly where she died,
This very house, sold long ago

Still, worried that as she ‘rived “home”
He’d given her a fright,
I go to wake her, see her, touch her . . .
This beautiful, strange night.

He says “No need to wake her now,
she’s a gem, it’s all okay,
she didn’t seem to mind me here,
I inferred that I might stay?”

I shush’d us, not to rouse her then,
Sound asleep in her ol’ twin bed,
In disbelief, I hear her breathe
Has this connection stirred the Dead?

I feel wondrous, but then remembrance
forges space for Cardinal guilts
Smiling broadly, making room for me,
he pats the couch and parts his quilts.

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