Dream Journal by Kareem Tayyar
If you’re swimming
then you have lost something important.
If you’re flying
then your heart’s been broken.
If you sit at a table before a deck of cards
then you are afraid of getting older.
If you undress beneath a single spotlight
then you are about to commit a crime.
If you are singing while holding a Spanish guitar
then someone you know has passed away.
If you are preparing to leap from a balcony
then you are mourning the loss of your childhood.
If you place your lips to the breast of a cloud
then you have forgotten to say your prayers.
If you run three red lights in a row
then there is a lesson you still haven’t learned.
If you pull water from an old well
then your father is preparing to call you long distance.
If you hear music playing from another house on your street
then your sister is about to come back from the dead.
If you cup your hands as a hard rain begins
then you are days away from falling in love.
If you find that you cannot run when you want to
then there is a book that you need to reread.
If you awaken in a field of strawberries
then a long journey awaits you.
If you eat the strawberries
then you won’t be going alone.
© 2022 Kareem Tayyar. Today’s poem is taken from the January 2022 issue of Poetry.
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