by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Tomato-coloured Couch 7:33pm

I was eating My Canned Soup tonight

when I realized

I can’t just pick up the phone

& call My Brother Howard —

He’s Not There — Or Here

He was killed, accidentally

on a jail-house floor

five-and-a-half years ago

prompting The 3-year Hyde Inquiry

resulting in Our Two Copies

of The 460-page Judge’s Decision titled:

Report of The Fatality Inquiry

Into The Death Of Howard Hyde

shelved in Hunter’s New Library