I awake!

~~~

~~~

In the old hotel

Diana & I retire to

a busted-up suite upstairs

& haunt it

~

While we levitate in the

center of the dusty time-deranged room

indulgently locked in our favorite position & getting along

I fall into a deep deep sleep

~

When I awake I discover

myself prone on the cracked tiles of

the ancient Egyptian temple that’s half buried

in the sand dunes west of Yuma

~

Ishtar, the lost Assyrian goddess of love & war

sits up, peers down

at me between her miraculous legs &

says

~

“It’s time for you to return to

the Christian mission, Rawclyde

Your 10 days sleeping outside

are over”

~

She then taps

the back of my head with

her bare heel

which knocks me out

~

I awake again

having dreamed a dream

that was embraced

in a dream

~

Now I discover myself alone

in a sleeping bag

on a big pile of dirt & chunks of concrete

in the gravel pit next door to Crossroads Mission

~

Partnering with nothing

more

or less

than reality

~

The sun is about to rise

under a pink bed-spread

stretched across the jagged little mountain range

out yonder

~

A very long train

thump-thumps by &

somebody fires-up a tractor in

the gravel pit

~

I, camouflaged

in the early morning shadows on

my cold rocky knoll, instantly

roll-up my bedroll

~

As I trudge away from the peak

of my dreams

I realize that the invisible cosmic forces of the universe

are all around & inside of me

~

And that they can be evoked

for the common good

or remain hidden forever in a ghost town

   a ghost town called Love…

~

(Copyright Clyde Collins 2012)

~~~

Ishtar

~~~

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