Written in Albuquerque (Mesa SE), May 2002. This took place on Silver SE, a couple blocks from my apartment. Published in my books The Closed Shrine and Wings of the Gray Moon, in the local zines Central Avenue and the Rag, and in the journal Lummox. It was also accepted by Pegasus.
& keeps saying his sister’s name
over & over
& keeps answering “What!”
with more & more annoyance
that names are beckonings
he’s only learned
that names are bursts of praise