When winter ceases stalking,
Takes you from the flank,
And your bloodied coat is in the bag at your side
With the body, I know a joint on the edge of town
Where the hearth always glows.
Drop your bag in the back with the rest,
Then slip through the blizzard’s claws at the door.
Pick a stool—Ed will know what you need.
Take a glass to thaw your throat
While the drifting embers lick snow from your shoulders.
When your color returns and your breathing eases,
Upstairs, slip off your shoes, sink into the bed,
Let the rumbling roar of the furnace roll you
Deep into a dream of summer.
Ed can’t help with ghosts—
He deals in miracles, not magic—
But thank him on your way out,
And tip well. Blind Ed knows
He’ll see you again soon enough.