she said the dream was never


she said the dream is never

it is rather

always other than what it is


you won’t listen

because the clouds muffle the noise

even as they embolden the rhythm


tell it to me straight

or else we’ll go off the tracks

or were there ever tracks

he asked as he fell


swings are made for having fun

but they don’t spin in circles

because of the leashes


though without

there is the landscape of savage play

where one steps and never walks


civilization is having the balance of things

so you don’t have to pay attention

to see if you’re going to fall


so what she said

of the fallen

they make for climbers


so sick filled our jaw

as we stared at the empty platter

the meaning came before and after


you’re only as small as your eyes will close