Conversation with a Nightmare
you tell me dreaming is process you must arrange
test tubes and mazes in alphabetical order
so the murderers cannot find you create chemical reactions
change the color of your eyes quantify scientific methods
avoiding the inevitable monster in the closet they had guns
you say they wanted to shoot me and I could not stop the wolf
you hide inside a box inside his belly, his skinned carcass,
half dead leaves in the forest that begins to burn, we discuss
the nuances of disguise sheep or goat, the way
I, somnambulist, must wander hallways of decapitated rooms
Hitchcockian showers until we meet in this kitchen with daylight
find dogs, boiled eggs, coffee and cats, spider bites on our arms
About the writer:
Beth Gordon received her MFA from American University a long time ago and was not heard from again until 2017 when her poems began to appear in numerous journals including Into the Void, Outlook Springs, Drunk Monkeys, Verity La and After Happy Hour Review. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is also Poetry Editor of Gone Lawn.
Image: “Home” from The Individual series by Deborah Norton. Oil and mixed media on Masonite. 24 x 24 inches. Norton is best known for her layered mixed media oil paintings. Inspired by expressionism including the “combines” of Rauschenberg and the raw figurative paintings of Schiele, Norton experiments with translucent paint layers, color and mixed media to expose life and its’ always changing expression. Deborah Norton is O:JA&L’s “Featured Artist” for March 2019.