The Phantom from Issue 62
Is not afraid of true stories
and loves his missing head.
When he appears to the startled child
his words are language the boy
has not heard since birth.
The phantom raises his arms and
the child decides he is a tree
his father never painted for him,
the old canvas in the closet
filled with plants and flowers
the man left his son years ago.
When the phantom flies across
the room, the boy laughs and recalls
how the first dog he owned disappeared
the same day his father left,
this funny creature in black robes
crashing into the wall many times,
unable to get out, convincing the boy
there is no such thing as terror,
no such thing a grief.