May Swenson

28 Nov

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THE PREGNANT DREAM

I had a dream in which I had a
dream,
and in my dream I told you,
“Listen, I will tell you my
dream.” And I began to tell you. And
you told me, “I haven’t time to listen while you tell your
dream.”

Then in my dream I
dreamed I began to
forget my
dream.
And forgot my
dream.
And I began to tell you, “Listen, I have
forgot my
dream.”
And now I tell you: “Listen while I tell you my
dream, a
dream,
in which I dreamed
I forgot my dream,”
and I begin to tell you “In my dream you told me, ‘I haven’t time to
listen.’”

And you tell me” “You dreamed I wouldn’t
listen to a
dream that you
forgot?
I haven’t time to listen to
forgotten
dreams.”

“But I haven’t forgot I
dreamed,” I tell you,
“a dream in which I told you,
‘Listen, I have
forgot,’ and you told me, ‘I haven’t time.’”
“I haven’t time,” you tell me.

And now I begin to forget that I
forgot what I began to tell you in my
dream.
And I tell you, “Listen,
listen, I begin to
forget.”

(the real poem lines up the words “dream,” “listen” and “forgot” of every line, throughout the entire piece, which is why some of the line breaks look like this. But wordpress formatting, as usual, will not cooperate. The only line that is supposed to break structure is “I haven’t time you, tell me”)

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One Response to “May Swenson”

  1. observationblogger December 7, 2014 at 1:49 am #

    Love that poem. Thanks.

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