Shoeless Monkey: a poem from 1995

Shoeless Monkey
I had a dream that you were me
and I was just a lamp.
It was a nice enough lamp,
fat and squatty.

You as me
were riding a monkey,
(who was shoeless and neither you nor me)

you were riding the shoeless monkey
in reckless  precision
nearly forming figure eight patterns,
but more closely reminding me
of the symbol for infinity

in the dream
I (who was not you but just a lamp)
could see slightly
through the shade
with my one rather large and oblique eye.

I was feeling very sad
and turned off
and not at all lit up.

I was sad that all the time wasted
riding the shoeless monkey
in the dark
could have been better spent
in the light,
riding in patterns
that resembled
the symbol for infinity

I had a dream
that you were me
and I was just a lamp
that could barely see
because it was dark
and also the fact
of the damn shade obscuring
the vision of my one
lovely shiny white eye
with no pupil
which seemed to be
the shape of a light bulb
but called to mind
a white shiny pear.

I had a dream
that you were me
and I was just a lamp.


~ by 15wattLasVegas on May 1, 2015.

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