I like it when the monsters in my dreams go after people who aren’t me.
We talk, but he’s pursued
By hellhounds, black and once
Razor-toothed dogs with sharpened claws
That fall viciously on their prey.
Such a skinny thing
You would not think
Could take down a man like him,
But they do.
I’ve just finished Akame Ga Kill, which might explain some of the themes here.
I don’t know
Who was right,
The empire or
The rebels, but
The empire’s soldiers
Have eaten their guns
And there’s no one left
I don’t think even dream me knew why I needed to eat so badly.
The thing about making food
In someone else’s house is that
You don’t want to dirty many dishes -
You never know when they’ll come home,
What they’ll notice in the wrong place.
So I make soup, a single pot to wash out well
At the end, and pour it into tiny Dixie cups,
Single-servings of takeout.
I don’t know my cousin’s actual taste in girls, but in my dreams he goes for blondes on Greyhound buses.
The girl my cousin keeps
Flirting with on the bus,
Each new bing on a phone
A sext between them.
But she’s a sour sort of pretty,
The kind that makes you turn
Your own nose up, too.
“She’s from an awful home,
Though,” my cousin says,
And when the bus pulls up
To a ramshackle house
Down a driveway of scattered,
Broken shells, I see he’s right.
I wouldn’t wish the father
Who steps out to greet her
This isn’t how school works, but it made sense in the dream.
There’s a substitute teacher for today,
And all the kids hate me for saying so
Because it means that class will start
An hour early. I appease them only with
The promise of a movie, for half of it.
I think I might have been with my dad in this dream, though I don’t know who the woman speaking was.
We sit at the back to watch
The woman we know speak,
The theater so packed with
Bodies and coats that there’s
No room for friends and family.
Apparently I was hungry last night.
They host a free
Outside the event -
Tiny pieces to be picked up
With toothpicks and tried.
I make my way around the table,
A roulette wheel where
Every option is good, though
The barbecue is a little bitter.