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Dreams 2022

Dream 99
(4/1/2022)


I am standing
with a group
of people
in an airport

we are
looking around

seemingly
waiting
for something

for someone

finally
a woman
walks up
to us

she looks
like Kathy Bates

“you have
all
passed your
tests

just a few
more steps
before you can
leave

come
this way”

we
follow her

I edge
to the front
of the group
hoping to
get more information
from our guide

“you’ll find
out everything
once
you are processed”

she says
over her shoulder
before I can
even ask

she opens
a side door

leads us
into an area
that looks
like a locker
room

as I stop
to gaze around
a few others
have eased
their way
around me

I realize
that I have
lost
my leading place
in line

so rush
back
toward the woman

who has already
directed some
into smaller rooms
partitioned by what
looks to be
shower curtains

she pushes me
toward
the next opening

it’s a very
filthy
bathroom

I want
to say something
about it

but don't want
to delay
the process

there’s
a plastic container
sitting upon
the sink counter

“please fill that
to the top
then return it
to me”

she orders

then closes
the curtain

I just want
to get home

so unzip

thinking
that at least
I didn’t
go partying
with the others
last night

that my urine
should be clean

presenting
no problems
for my departure