Timothy Geiger

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The Last Thing I Taught The Dead Kid

He appears
as a ghost
in the blue suit I wore
my first Communion.
Always his desperate need
to be bad.

He shimmers
not fades. 'I'm hungry.'
he says, 'I'm you
but I'm dead.
Tell another story
about me.'

And then
the little dance,
head down,
shoulders swaying,
spinning a slow wheel
into my past.

He's moving now
and I'll be up
all night. He's got
the stolen matchbook,
and the wad of cash
my mother was saving

for the family bus-trip
to my sister's wedding-
we all end up
in separate cars.
He ...

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