Gambling with Vintage Ghosts

       The Martingales are singing
       in the Palace of Dead Muses.

       Their songs chase thoughts
       like horses from another world,

       stumbling through white holes
       in perfection’s empty pockets.

       Hoofless prints punctuate desire:
       the irony of a Buddha collection.

       Back home, gypsy moths
       dance on your black wool windows

       celebrating the desecration
       of your wardrobe.

Jennifer Burnau has published poems in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Fickle Muses, and Voices from the Attic, an anthology published by the Carlow University Press. She has participated in readings at Carlow University and Dealaney’s Coffee House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She teaches in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.