Dream Sense

I dream of missing planes,
my mother’s ghost, dressed in cold weather clothes.

We are in my grandfather’s closet, which, in the dream
is a ballroom fallen into disrepair.

I need to tell her she is dead,
but when I ask if she wants me to be honest,
she says:

“Not if it’s something I won’t want to hear.”

And I’m late for band practice, so I don’t have time, Mom,
to ease you into the Light right now.

“Can I have a beer?” she asks.
And there just happens to be a bar in the ballroom/closet.
Frantically searching the bottles, just to find
the wine racks filled with honeybears.

Wild oceanic subconscious,
sea of symbols & memories—each night

I find myself swimming in its depth,
a car wreck of the heart, engine parts
floating past old dolls.

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