Sunday, April 3, 2011

In the Mountains, Near the River

In dreams I meet a young man
who paints white feathers
and sells them in the mountains
near the river.
 
We discuss the Koran
(a book I’ve never read)
and I ruffle his feathers.
Not a salesman, but a talker
while names are not exchanged.
 
I pull an elephant from his pile
standing upright
in a loincloth
holding a spear
and covered in hair
 
engraved on a silver ring.
 
He cuts me a deal
and I make my way back home.

--Jami Kali has developed a distaste for her hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The city is named after two ugly, sinister men. She needs to hit to road but in the meantime, she's doing social work and a lot of daydreaming.

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