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                                                                                                            Art by Lily Hogan




Missing cat Boylee-Boy same hole in the heart, father, mother, nephew, brother, HIV friend vanished into – loss abyss, collapsing star, odor of spoiled meat in the kitchen will I find the body my son the cat, under the sink – terrible visage?  the burning hair smell of the dentist drill – a porcelain crown readied for my old skull


Climbing a ladder, looking in the neighbors’ yards

 for the ghost



a phone call leads to a trash car where we find him dead, loop of intestine and ocean scent – we sack him up, return him home, call our lama, make our own prayers, weep

lingering iridescent bubble on tea offering to Tibetan protectors

MISSING CAT smeared rainbow flyer on a rainy phone pole night