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Dreams 2022

Dream 112
(4/30/2022)


I am standing
in a crowded
room

everyone
including me
is well-dressed

we seem
to be
in a large
kitchen

people
are talking
but seem
solemn

I wonder
if this
is a wake

I can
smell
coffee

I really
want
some

I can
see
that others
have cups

I work
my way
toward
a counter

some
are in
the way
so I edge
in between
them

finally
I see
a coffee
maker

but the
pot
is almost
empty

beside it
is a large pitcher
of what appears
to be coffee

with ice
cubes floating
in the black
liquid

I like
cold coffee

I tell no one
in particular

but I see
no mugs

no glasses

I open
a cabinet

see many
paper products

one stack
seems to be
collapsible
cups

paper
coated
in plastic
I think

I unfold
one

finding it
very difficult
to actually form
a container

~

I am sitting
with Frank
from work
on a large
sloping
grassy area

my shoes
are off

I have balanced
my flimsy cup
of coffee
between them

we can see
an adjoining
stadium
of people
watching
a football game

these games
have a strange
feel
to them

don’t they?

I ask him

he nods

he laughs

“like they found
a pickup game

brought
all the guys
into the locker
room

let them
suit up

told them
to go out
there

to go
play”

he says
still chuckling

as if
they all came
from one
neighborhood

I say

like one
was going to
play

saw his
neighbor
out mowing
the yard

“hey Frank!

wanna go play
football?

they’re going
to put us
on TV!”

we laugh
some more
as we get up

begin walking
toward the stadium

carrying
our shoes

our coffee