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Dreams 2022

Dream 98
(4/1/2022)


I am walking
through a maze
of hallways

rooms

from the
signs
upon the doors

the
waiting
areas

the pamphlets
that I see
upon the counters

I seem
to be
in a medical
building

but I see
no one
else

I am looking
for an exit

or perhaps
a restroom
if I don’t
escape soon

but the hallways
begin to narrow

the rooms
become
smaller

until my shoulders
touch walls
on either side

finally
I meet a woman
coming
the other way

she looks
to have been
crying

we squeeze
around each
other

I apologize

she turns
and watches
me

as I enter
a small hospital
room

where an old
woman
hooked to tubes
lies
in a bed

I see
another door
that I think
must be
a bathroom

but the woman
in the hall
still watches
me

I realize
that I shouldn’t
be here

that I wouldn't
have wanted
anyone
to walk in
on my mom
while she
was dying

I apologize
again
to the woman

and follow
her
down the hall

hoping
that she knows
the way
out

or at least
to a restroom