"Inappropriate Dreams"

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Dec. 13 2011 6:33 AM

"Inappropriate Dreams"

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I can’t tell you
how often.

You in the grocery store
embarrassing

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everyone with
the lettuce.

Elsewhere, food
in the file folders.

It’s not supposed to
be there, get it?

Another time you
were rolling down a hill

like a blueberry
rolling toward

me, a bear who will
eat anything

this time of year
but wants

just you. Then
you are not you but

the plum of a pebble
that I skipped

into the lake
and found somehow

night after night.

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Brenda Shaughnessy is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers-Newark, and is the author of two collections of poems. Her third, Our Andromeda, will be out in 2012.

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