A Dream of Loss

i dreamed of her as a drowning man dreams of straw
useless, frustrating, and futile
but, oh, to have something to hold on to!

i dreamed of her as a burning man dreams of a drop of water
an empty gesture that may be lost in the flames
but, oh, if that single drop fell on the tongue!

i dreamed that i grasped only nothingness

i dreamed that my tongue was parched

i dreamed of her reaching out to me
though i was already gone

i dreamed that her tears hit the straw
where next summer tiger lilies will grow

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