She Moves On
And just like that she’s gone. (The sauce was sublime!) Down the stairs two steps at a time, black hair swirling behind her, as if it’s struggling to keep up. “Bye!” I wave. But I mean, “Won’t you stay a bit longer?” It’s no use. The Miracle has left the building. She’s one of those people who, at each parting, you wonder if you’ll ever see her again. Such an unlikely friend, but I never tire of the way she can look at me. As if I’m a curiosity at the zoo. She visits my enclosure and observes. I’m a rarely seen, reclusive creature, with unusual coloring and behaviors. She seems to enjoy watching me feed and move about my space. But if I sit still for too long, she becomes bored. She has to move on to the next species.
I made her cry once. I inadvertently mentioned her mom and dad. Remembering the sight of it still makes my eyes burn and my stomach feel hollow and queasy. Tears of molten silver slid down her nose and on to my guilty hands, which covered her own in supplication. Her sorrowful head hung low over my rough kitchen table.
There is no end to Love.
Dreams? Book? Me? First off, I cannot remember most of my dreams, and most nights wonder if I even have had any. What can she mean when she tells me, “Write The Book of Dreams”? Maybe like a book of aspirations? Hopes? A self-help kind of thing? What could be more boring and futile? Second, I can’t write for shit. I blurt out a nice sentence once in awhile, mostly from the long habit of trolling my mind for song lyrics, (I tell people I’m a musician and a songwriter) but my attention span in front of a keyboard is about three minutes. I have no patience anymore to READ a book, and she imagines me filling up pages and pages of empty space with words about DREAMS? And finally, why ME? How could I say anything about dreams, when I, along with the rest of the human race, have not the slightest clue what they even are? Why do they happen? Who’s writing the script? Is there some mysterious function? Some pattern, some rhyme or reason?
And why are we all so confident in our belief that the worlds that arise in the night during sleep are imaginings, yet the wild mess we thrash around in during the day is material and real?
Also, I hate how she is so certain and decisive about stuff and then flies off into the night, leaving unanswered questions, withering confusion, and impossible yearnings strewn all over my apartment. Of course, I could text, or call, but I know she won’t answer. It’s kind of an understanding we have. It would spoil the magic if I could pretend I knew who the hell she actually was and what she was truly thinking. But that would be far too mundane. It’s more flavorful that she remain this apparition of nervous energy, fierce appetites, and outsized hoop earrings.
Am I complaining? Am I celebrating?
Or am I dreaming?