NaPoWriMo, Day 14: The Other Side

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Prompt: “Dream dictionaries have been around as long as people have had dreams. Interestingly, if you consult a few of them, they nearly always tend to have totally different things to say about specific objects or symbols. Dreams, unlike words themselves, don’t seem to be nicely definable! At any rate, today’s prompt is to write entries for an imaginary dream dictionary. Pick one (or more) of the following words, and write about what it means to dream of these things: Teacup, Hammer, Seagull, Ballet slipper, Shark, Wobbly table, Dentist, Rowboat. Happy writing!”

 

The Other Side

1.

I cradle it in the palm of my hand.
An eggshell, still warm.
Something hatched here. Its scent
clings to my dreamskin.
I can almost feel its weight,
this thing I had and now,
don’t. All that’s left
is a teacup, neither full, nor empty.

On the other side of sleep
someone is hammering a nail
into the moon.
Seagulls break the shore
of a word, wings
skimming its surface.
A silent ballet.
Far below, the finned shadow
glides upward.

2.

Abandoned nest.
Fledgling
stretching its wings.
Easy to read, such loss.
But the teacup?

“Did you drink from it?” you ask.
We sit at the wobbly table,
the one you promised to fix
years ago, before we sold the house.
Another family lives there and yet,
here we are, quite aware
we’re dreaming. “Are we even
on the same continent?”
We laugh and tip the waiter.

There’s a line for the bathroom.
It’s unisex and a man saunters out
who looks just like you. I turn
to point out the resemblance,
but you’re not there.
And when I look back,
neither is the man.

The cup awaits where I left it,
tipped over, a drop
of seawater
spilling onto the tablecloth,
followed
by a rogue wave, and then,
the whole sea.

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