I just woke up
Or I just fell asleep..

everything compartmentalized

someone had a front lawn
scraggly grass
kodachrome tricycle
wooden stairs with peeling paint
you know the one

the boxes were themed.
kid box, song box, everyman's box
there was a system so everyone had power. everyone.
they had risers, sofas, spiders, haircuts.
everyone was almost alive.

Ischak, Izsak, Isaac..
He was in every box.

One woman wore a beige leather jacket
she bossed her box
she was a Sheri Tepper archetype


he was so young
so old
so unbearably old
he would stare..

he knew I was there..
I the dreamer, dreaming him.
he knew I was there even if I did not.