Haunted Sonnet
by Hoa Nguyen

copyright © 2016 by Hoa Nguyen

Haunt lonely and find when you lose your shadow
secretive house centipede on the old window

You pronounce Erinyes as “Air-n-ease”
Alecto: the angry     Magaera: the grudging

Tisiphone: the avenger (voice of revenge)
“Women guardians of the natural order”

Think of the morning dream with ghosts
Why draw the widow’s card and wear the gorgeous

Queen of Swords crown        Your job is
to rescue the not-dead woman before she enters

the incinerating garbage chute     wrangle silver
raccoon power     Forever a fought doll

She said, “What do you know about Vietnam?”
Violet energy ingots     Tenuous knowing moment