Thursday, January 15, 2015

Did I Dream This?

did I dream this
my hair hanging heavily
in a long braid down my back

a steep climb up a mountain 
that rises into purple clouds

you right behind me
clasping my braid as if it were
a rope

and then those elephants
trunk to tail
5 or 6 or maybe more

did I dream this?

a damp grey fog
descending from the sky
the scent of burned toast
and marshmallows

the elephant closest to me
looks over and winks

a hawk 
swoops low
releasing bits of paper from its beak

one scrap lands
on my upturned palm

in clear bold writing
the most beautiful haiku
I ever read

did I dream this?

how I promised myself 
I would remember those words