Awake by Helicopter in Late Summer

I dreamt I was holding you up by the small of your back
in the barking Northwest ocean
where the water is cold
and seals are chiseled like bits of rock
from the coast

You had sweat on your stomach
and I knew as things are known in dreams
that the shoreline here and all of its wash
would be coming with eye-droppers
and pursed lips to suck
the islands of sweat from your navel

to drink away pieces of you with
their hands. I had this thought: that even
in thoughts you have left before I have met you
There’s a camp down the beach
of blownaway dresses. I’m awake now. Tell me
that helicopter isn’t looking for me

7 comments

  1. Jeremy Nathan Marks

    I had this thought: that even
    in thoughts you have left before I have met you.

    To me, these verses capture that familiarity we have with people we have never met that only seems to happen in dreams.

      • Jeremy Nathan Marks

        That’s a great question and I might share some of your fear too. But I find that familiarity, once we find it, has a way of always being there even when what is familiar has departed.

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