Ghost Child by Marsha Barber

Poet Name: Marsha Barber Poem Title: Ghost Child Poem: The third child is the one I’ll never bear the one who waits quietly behind the swinging door stares accusingly, her round brown eyes mirrored in the toaster like smudges, stirs the curtain with her soft blue breath speaks to us without words in the spaces between creaking floor boards and the moist hiss of the radiator leaves pennies on the mat, blows open the window, slides into my dreams whispers she has chosen us: Mama, is it time yet? cries when I turn away. End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Marsha Barber Previously published in Love You to Pieces (Borealis Press, 2019) Marsha Barber’s third poetry book Love You to Pieces was published by Ottawa’s Borealis Press last year. Her work has appeared in such periodicals as the Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, The Antigonish Review, FreeFall, The New Quarterly and The Prairie Journal. She has won many awards for her work, and been longlisted for the national ReLit Award and shortlisted for the international Bridport Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. She has given featured readings around the world including in the U.K., Italy, Cambodia, Laos, Israel and Australia. Marsha is on faculty at Ryerson University.