Malaika King Albrecht
How to Make a Ghost
You can’t build a ghost from memories,
photographs, or a last conversation.
You can’t pull one from a wine stain
on a wedding dress or patch one
together from your sorrow rags.
Ghosts create themselves from
our breathing when we sleep,
weave slim bodies from dream murmuring.
From our hair they thread clothes
and stitch their mouths into the o’s
of surprise or horror or grief.
This is why the dead want us
to sleep so soundly.