Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ghosts and Fashion

Danielle and The Devil by Janet Hill
by Elaine Equi


Although it no longer has a body
to cover out of a sense of decorum,

the ghost must still consider fashion--

must close its invisibility in something
if it is to "appear" in public.

Some traditional specters favor
the simple shroud--

a toga of ectoplasm
worn Isadora-Duncan-style
swirling around them.

While others opt for lightweight versions
of once familiar tee shirts and jeans.

                                                                         Perhaps being thought-forms,
                                                                         they can change their outfits instantly-

                                                                         or if they were loved ones,
                                                                         it is we who clothe them
                                                                         like dolls from memory.