The Other house
Published: (mid) November 2016
Within: Delphi Series Vol. 4
“The Garden” by Aron Wiesenfeld
Ting Gou is an M.D. candidate at the University of Michigan Medical School, interested in psychiatry and the relationship between memory and identity. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart three times and appear in the Bellevue Literary Review, Best of the Net 2014, decomP, Ghost Ocean Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, r.kv.r.y., Superstition Review, Word Riot, and elsewhere.
Landscape in which your sister is missing
In the other room,
your sister coughs up bones
when she thinks you’re not listening,
but being an owl yourself,
you’re always listening
& hear everything—
the window sliding open,
the mechanics of her wings clicking,
not unlike your wings,
the soft pellet scratching against her throat.
as you undress her forbidden room,
prepare her things for disposal or donation
in a house devoid of forest creatures,
you listen still
for the tic tic of tiny ribs against lacquer.
You talk to her, a little.
You unbury the ghosts of mice.
*first appeared in Ghost Ocean Magazine