The Ferry Took Me to the
The ferry took me to the mountain pass that led to betrayal. Penitent
snow orbed last
October’s crops where you were—hundreds of miles away
going by the name of a forgotten Big Band star.
You called to tell me how your mother defected to another man and
her return flight from Honduras, never
rescheduled. And the airline left heartrending
messages for your father
through Christmas. There are
deeper than loyalty which can tear you down to a husk, you said. A houseplant
sunlight, a living room paralyzed into mold and dust.
Your father, David. In a room
in Colorado, I lay listening
to your breathing like the car pushing snow-blind through the drifts.
say Abraham sacrificed Isaac up on Mount Mariah,
I don’t know that I believe it.
Kyle McCord is
the author of three books of poetry: Galley of the Beloved in Torment
(Dream Horse Press 2009), a co-written book of epistolary poems entitled Informal
Invitations to a Traveler (Gold Wake Press 2011) and Sympathy from the
Devil forthcoming from Gold Wake Press in 2013. He co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry and
teaches in Denton, TX.
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