Late autumn, November-the-somethingth, how you’re supposed
to know what to do when someone says, play dead—but you don’t,
you asked for a story, but were given a body failing another
and failing at it. In my dreams, I dress you as a bird and shoot you
as soon as I free you. I want to bury you, try to bury you. I walk away.
And then, I wake up. Every time. Most of my dreams are irrational:
my teeth turn to gravel and fall out in handfuls, I run without looking
wherever I’m supposed to be going, someone tries to kill me with a steak
knife or hit me with a Honda Civic, I die holding holly berries
and come back as St. Francis. Most of my decisions have been wrong.
Or made of iron. I go to work and come home at the end of the day.
I turn off all the lights. I hold my hands between my knees, then my head
in my hands. If you were made of glass: I would know how to hurt you
without looking, even if it counted for nothing—something, at least,
inevitable: how time will never end as long as there is light, how light will
never stop fucking light to make more light. Bad planning, those dreams,
how I never planned on planning to, and then to, leave you where you fell.