[lit-ideas] A Recurring Dream

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Lit-Ideas " <Lit-Ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:48:12 -0800



            "What are these," they asked,

            Gathering round.  "Not mine,"

            I fretted, putting my hands up.

            "We have heard otherwise,"

            A loud fat man with the 

            Scraggly beard sneered

            Looking back toward the others


            For support.  "Who else would

            Write them," he demanded,

            "If not you?"  I shrugged.

            "You can't prove it was me."

            "Oh but we can," he said

            Waving a hand and a man

            Pushed a wheel barrow 


            Toward me.  "This is a mistake,"

            I stammered, wiping the sweat

            From my brow.  "I am no

            Writer.  Just ask Lowell --

            Doodler only, something to do

            While watching commercials on TV --

            Nothing more, and these," I said


            Gesturing down, "might not even 

            Be mine."  "You claim to be

            So patriotic while at the same 

            Time undermining our latest style

            Of writing; what a twisted mind

            You must have, you who call

            Yourself an amateur."


            "Less than that," I squirmed, grabbing

            The barrow, backing away.  "A minor

            Squirrel saving up for another time.

            Who knows, a heavy rain might wash

            It all away and I'll be as though

            I never existed while your style

            Will mean everything that ever was."

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