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Dreams 2022

Dream 101
(4/3/2022)


I am attempting
to pull out
of a parking lot
onto a busy
boulevard

the most
hazardous aspect
of the maneuver
is judging
the merging
of traffic
from a nearby
highway

cars enter
at high speed
from a ramp
that curls back
out of sight
from my view

it’s
a guessing game
for when one
will appear

I wait
for the next
70 mph entrant
then try
to accelerate
in its wake

luckily
there is no
following vehicle
to avoid

but a bright
orange convertible
already on
the thoroughfare
begins to wander
into my lane

I move
over
as much as possible
to avoid contact

but the other
driver
is talking
to his passengers

all
old men

they
do not
see me
at all

finally
he jerks
his steering wheel
toward me

the sides
of our cars
meet

I simply
shrug
at him

hands up
at a loss

slow

signal
a turn
into an upcoming
parking lot

the convertible
stops
in the middle
of traffic

“you’re fleeing
the scene
of an accident!”

the driver
yells at me

no
I'm not

I yell
back

I point
to where
I’m pulling
over

shout
that we should
get off
the street

that we
can settle
this
to the side

but
he remains
stationary

continues
shouting

~

I am standing
in front
of a TV monitor

which hangs
over a bar
where others
sit on stools

a man
in a suit
is talking
to me
from the screen

I think
that it must
concern
the auto
accident

“do you deny
that this is you
on the tape?”

he asks

a video
begins

camera pointing
down
upon me
as I stand
at some sort
of electronic kiosk

a synthetic voice
asks me

“do you agree
to the creation
and conditions
of The Card?”

I seem
to be
in a hurry
on the recording

I say
yes

sure

quickly
dismissing
the question

the man
comes back
on the screen

waiting
for my response

all
of the sudden

a chunky

kinda sexy

black woman
peeks around
the corner
of the back
wall

“come here”

she tells
me

I follow
to see a row
of lockers
where
she opens one

points inside

smiles

“oh my god!”

she yells

“I’m having
my period
and don’t have
anything
for it!”

she pantomimes
a laugh

now pointing
for me to look
back
at the bar

patrons
are leaving

disgusted
expressions
upon their
faces

I look up
at the TV

the screen
is dark