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"Write your dreams," Carolyn Kizer told us
in a long-ago poetry workshop in Paris.  I would 
like to, Yes, follow that instruction, but on wee-
hour trips (no pun intended), to the 'salle de bain' 
I describe as 'the patter of little feet,' I sit dazed, 
drowned in the rip tide of the sandman. Swim 
sideways, it is said, and do not panic.

My betta, Beau, (for beautiful) in his glass bowl 
has no such problem.  He dozes on an artificial leaf 
fastened by suction cup at the edge of the water 
where he hangs, calm and motionless.  I'm 
pulled from my dream where I am the hostess
in a strange house, pouring champagne 
into crystal flutes.  Among the guests,
several lovers from the past, accompanied 
by their current amours.  Only one 
embraced me with the old sexual longing,
(but didn't leave his telephone number).

In the dream I walked to the back of the house
into a spacious yard which became the ocean, 
waves breaking at the brink of an open door. 
"If this were MY dream," said Terri, our leader in
a dreamwork class, "I would... "    maybe, say,
that the ordinary can bespeak peril?

I press my hands against my eyes to shut
out the light, and then I rise, reluctantly, 
from roaming the corridors of night to go feed 
the fish who bolts from sleep, swims to me 
when I press my face against his bowl,
and say, Good  Morning, Gorgeous.  You,
of the dreams of open streams--
the dream that spins fins.

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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 8:26:00 AM
    You set the stage for this piece instantly. What a ride. I love how you ended this!