08: October 2015 #10 - The Ancients Who Hadn’t the Fridge Get Spooked
Authored by Farryl Last
The Ancients Who Hadn’t the Fridge Get Spooked by Apocalyptic Dreams, Write a Letter They Never Send
by Farryl Last
I watched you leave on your journey that woolen tunic I hate bobbing against fields of grain, footsteps in erratic orbit you gone now four days I don’t know how many more, but here the same stays the same. Clear morning sky, the garden is screaming though the room is cool, at midnight, and quiet. All day you’ve been working the bread in the oven then dreaming again, again the world ending, the gentle volcano spewing its death like a comet, which I have never seen. This I am glad to be rid of for a while, the proving of impossibilities: we could one day store berries like honey. I say this as example. Winter could sit forever, too. And you will always be hungry— Anyway the season is here, I haven’t buried the leaves yet. The first time you dreamt this Vesuvius was a mouth of flame, licking over our necks and stomachs and we drowned in instant heat. The second the ash cloud stuffed up our windows, the cracks in the walls our cells. What do you dream of during your away? Then you ate a cheese sandwich, which seemed strange. The fig trees are blooming, the ferns stifling the view from the back window, the smell of olives at my wrists. It is good: this continuum the flowers echoing spring, spring—and you will always look for the source of your hunger. This is Pompeii this was Pompeii, I don’t want your woolen tunic, your stupid dreams.