Poem in a Bowl

Have you,

can you

see

moonbeams on silken,

flaxen

gossamer webs

of cat-spiders

against a midnight-blue

ghost of a sky

chasing the white queen,

the moon?

.

Can you soar

upon the back

of warm,

soft,

metallic dragons,

shimmering gold

and silver lighting

the line tree-tops

reaching up

from acres of

wood below

as to tickle

your feet?

.

Have you ever

had your heart broken,

rent apart

onto the rough floor

of reality

by a father,

by your mother?

.

Have you seen your

old friends’ dreams

playing like old

colorless

films onto the

white lace of your lover’s

wedding dress?

.

Can you feel the burden

of a gray,

rainy sky

pushing darkness

onto your back

in an attempt to force

the air from your lungs?

.

Can you see your life

echoed in nature

in a spider

or a wave upon the beach

or the rock it attacks?

.

Can you think,

tell yourself words

to stir you to tears,

to fill your heart with passion

burning

as fiercely as the sun?

.

Can you tell me

these things,

make me understand,

place your thoughts

into the fertile ground

of a vivid imagination?

.

Can you honestly tell me

and tell me you have lived,

that you understand?

For my brother

September 7, 1995

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