A Dream
by Peter Dabbene

In my dream,
I am running

Alongside me is every dog we’ve ever owned
Their tongues flapping out the sides of their mouths
I watch them run, and smile
My private flock, my private stock of best friends
With no leashes and no fences

In my dream,
The backyard goes on forever;
Down a hill
Someone awaits

In my dream,
I am running to you. You,
(With every cat we’ve ever owned)

Their purring rumbles through the quiet air
As they weave between your legs
Rub against your feet

In my dream, I am never winded
And we are never old
The weather is pleasantly warm
And the lemonade always cold

The grass is always green
In my slumber-scenes

I will be there soon
I am coming


Peter Dabbene’s poetry has been published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud
and is forthcoming in Bogg, California Quarterly, The Journal of New
Jersey Poets
, and Zillah.  He has also published two story collections, Prime
and Glossolalia, as well as a novel, Mister Dreyfus’ Demons.  
Some of his short stories can be found online at
www.parentheticalnote.com and
www.eyeshot.net. A new story is forthcoming in the Spring 2006 issue of The
American Drivel Review

On “A Dream”:
One of the simplest and greatest joys in my life is running with my dog.
The rest of the world falls away, and the only downside is that eventually
I get tired and have to stop. This poem started as a rather literal dream
which took on some idealized elements, in the way that dreams often do.
One of the other great and uncomplicated joys in life is being with the
person you love. For me, that person is my wife, Amy. Being in transit (with
dog) is a wonderful feeling, made greater by the knowledge that your lover
awaits at the end of your journey. Thus, a combination leading to a personal
vision of what heaven might be like.

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Apple Valley Review:
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Volume 1, Number 1
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