Things That Feel Real Are As Real As Real Things, Right?

you should’ve seen me
last night:
in bed before
8:00 p.m.
waking up twice before
10:00 p.m.
the second time
being from
a tremendously lifelike
dream.

i was
genuinely confused
at 9:56 p.m.
when i woke up
to find
the time,
an e-mail or two
and voices downstairs
still going:

i’d have sworn i’d been
out all night.
but no – only less
than one hour
since
the last time
i woke up, feeling
surprised by
the time.

later, a 4:30 a.m.
alarm
reclaimed me
from another dream
about haunted
houses
and
a lost car.
i got the alarm on the
second ring.

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