Chrysanthemums for Wide-Eyed Ghosts

Echezonachukwu Nduka

Featured Image: Chrysanthemum clouds © A. Anupama 2017


What I’ve not told you is that the man
in black is the newest funeral home in town.

He was christened only yesterday before his sons
shot themselves after seeing a movie about ghosts

playing trombones. I am here again to say farewell
in dialects spoken by exchanging chrysanthemums and

listening to Liszt’s liebestraum. We are here, heads bowed,
vowing to lock our guns when ghosts start singing on TV.