Saturday, 4 April 2020

Day 4: Dream Images

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Today's prompt is to write a poem incorporating dream images.

The Persistence of Regret

'In the gardens of memory, in the palace of dreams, 
that is where you and I shall meet.' 

~ Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland

In this palace 
of broken down dreams, 
blue spreads like mildew, 
damp and deep.
Memories rot and merge,
entangle roots.
While a toad squats 
in a washing machine.

Outside, a giant wave 
rises, tsunami-like. 
Emotion overwhelming; 
escape, untenable. 
Time shifts 
in an iridescent puddle.  
The present drowned by the past, 
future a leaky boat. 

You appear here and there - 
like a Cheshire cat, a talisman, 
as luminous or blank 
as the moon.
A curl of smoke in the dark
then gone again.
A broken teacup, a teardrop
tattooed on a face.

Sometimes - 
a labyrinthine rose garden
and no one there; 
petalled peace an opiate. 
Jigsaw bunting of days 
blowing in the breeze. 
Something missing,
like a tooth - or a heart - 

  fallen out.

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