Monday, June 02, 2008

Wherever We Go

Poem for today -- first published in Confluence. Back at you tomorrow with a ground-breaking post about Hogan's Heroes.

Wherever We Go

We are everyone in our dreams, even
the dead or so say the books, the ones we turn
to when we struggle with the images
we can’t shake, 1001 Dream Meanings
and its variations. The smart ones forget
the meanings and play the numbers assigned
to each type of symbol, endless combinations
with their promise of money and possibility,
enough to cling to as the days pile
on top of each other like snow, making
everything more difficult and more beautiful.

Once a childhood friend said to me
of our small Texas hometown, Wherever
we go, we always know there’s somewhere
worse, and I thought of it as his parents
flew his body across the country to be buried
in the exact place he’d struggled so hard
to escape, a place where the snow comes
down so seldom as to be a miracle, covering
everything with a blinding white for only
a little while, just like when my friend was born
during a freak snowstorm in March. What
are the odds of that? he’d ask, but it wasn’t
a question. He died with his dreams, those small
moments where everything appears to glitter,
if only for a second before it all disappears.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I stop and look at traffic accidents. I won't hang around, but when I hear something is terrible, as bad as it is, I've gotta look at it."
Norman Lear

Cocktail Hour
Drinking music suggestion: Blonde On Blonde Bob Dylan

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Monday! Go Red Wings -- win the Stanley tonight!


Charles Gramlich said...

We really can't escape our pasts. We end up buried there.

jodi said...

Michelle, I hope this doesn't mean that Baby Grouchie is partaking of happy hour! Beer? I kinda figured him for a rot gut type!

the walking man said...

Unfortunately the dead friend proved out the "somewhere worse" prophecy.

Peace kiddo

laughingwolf said...

well said, michelle...

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