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Dogs 2018

DREAMS
(11/21/18)


#1

I am
there

but I am
not
of there

I know this
since I seem
to be getting
the tour
from some
military type
in fatigues

I look around
the barracks

guys
lying about
in various states
of relaxation
upon living room
furniture

wearing
pajamas

watching
TV

playing
cards

they seem
a bit nervous
to see my
guide
however

"most
will not
be castrated"

he tells
me

"the few
who have
the procedure done
are volunteers
from the espionage
branch

two less
body parts
to torture
in case of
capture"

we now enter
what looks to be
an operating
room

doctors

nurses

armed
guards

"we do
draft
a victim
occasionally
just to see
how the others
will react"

seeing
the instruments

the guns

suddenly
I am unsure
of my status
within
the facility

I wake
up

I check

of course
I check

thankfully
intact
I fall back
asleep


#2

I'm walking
across
a pedestrian bridge
over an
interstate highway

I look
down
to watch
the passing cars
but the hood
of my sweatshirt
obstructs
my view

on
the other side
I see an
unattended car
in a parking lot

it looks
the '68 Chevy Impala
that I first
drove
as a teenager

I walk farther
along the trail
then hear
a female voice

yelling

cussing

I take off
my hood
to find the
source

a young woman
standing
on the other side
of some strange
SUV

mostly
glass

parked
in the woods

talking
to herself

she sees
me

laughs
embarrassed

"I can't remember
the words
to a song"

I nod

turn

continue
to walk
until I come
to a building

a circled
star
on a signboard
hangs
over the door

some government
location
I think

I look
back down
the trail

the woman

my dead
friend
Dewayne

and a short
Hispanic
law enforcement
official
are all
walking
toward me

the woman
and Dewayne
are talking

laughing

"did he know
the words
to your song?"

I ask her
when close
enough

they look
at each other

laugh
some more

as they
reach me
the officer
asks Dewayne
if he's ready
to go inside

"yes"

is all
that he says

passing
me by

smiling

I wake
up

get up

look out
the window
to the garage
apartment
where he killed
himself

then fully
awake

partially alive

get ready
for work