Anna Kournikova is like a ghost.
Media stories are like chains rattling.
Brenda and I talked only in passing.
Where I saw Anna Kournikova’s boast
of five showers a day as a kind of toast
to the decadent pleasures of getting
dirty four times a day, Brenda’s thinking
was that Anna is just dumb as a post.
We’re all like ghosts. We materialize
in each other’s life in the words we share
then we’re gone, distant as Kournikova,
mental constructs, faces we memorize
as our words disappear into the air.
I’m glad I got to say, ‘Goodbye Brenda.’