Inclined to the immediate 

replete in its complicities.      

It ferrets out all the details,    

regardless of hostile power. 

Engaged in dialogue,                   

rude with a phantom.  

(There’s always                              

rude phantoms      

 in the works.)        

Serving as a third party,          

they’re uninvited guests.      

Witnessing confessions,          

they’re invisible arbiters       

in a comfortable alliance. 

Michael Igoe, city boy, neurodiverse. Chicago now Boston. Numerous works appear in journals and anthologies (,, Regular contributor to                                                                                                                                                National Library of Poetry Editor’s Choice Award 1997

Twitter: MichaelIgoe5 


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