On the Accessibility of Apparitions
By Effie Mihopoulos
There is a straightforward way of doing everything,
going from point a to b.
How many times do you follow the right path,
how many times do you make the right decision?
If you play your cards right
Every hand can be a card trick,
a magic act.
Instead of a progression through a hallway
of open doors,
you will find yourself passing through
a succession of walls,
dissolving onto the other side
as if it were a filmy curtain
that you gently pushed aside.
You will gradually find yourself
becoming a ghost
of your former self.
A translucent scrim to be stared through,
like at a tragic opera,
or a ballet blanc.
It’s so much easier to travel as an apparition
With so many conveniences at your beck and call.
It makes the trip from point a to b
so much more accessible.
How many times will you count the ways
in which the roads vary or disappear,
in which the walls become transparencies
of what used to be?
How many times before your ghost considers
its genius to walk through thin air
and parlay it into a bargaining effort
to get from point b to c?