COINCIDENCE

COINCIDENCE June 15, 2012

A few days ago I had 3 dreams. And all three dreams turned out to be true. Well, sort of. I can only remember two right now but I know there was a 3rd one. One I dreamed that my cat, baby girl, got outside. And I woke up to find that she did get out while I was sleeping. Another one I dreamed that I wanted some spaghetti. And in my dream I asked Lori "Do you want that left over spaghetti?" And she said "My mom makes me line up or stack all the toilet paper perfectly" Then I proceeded to ask Jeff if he wanted the last of the spaghetti. Then I woke up to find Jeff eating the last of the spaghetti, lol. And mind you I can't smell for the life of me, due to my sinuses. So I did not smell it in my sleep. I couldn't even smell it when I woke up. And later on that day Lori told me that the lady she worked for would make her line up or stack the toilet paper perfectly. lol. wtf.

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"Victor"

by Jeph Johnson 

 

one day I decided

I was going to

surprise her

with flowers 

-

so naturally

I asked:

"What kind

of flowers

do you like?" 

-

she replied:

"the kind

that don't die" 

-

so now I knew what kind, 

but the surprise was ruined 

-

the next time I saw her

she gave me

a China Doll plant

with green leaves

and no flowers 

-

together we set it

by my window 

-

"it doesn't need much water,

once a week, tops. 

-

oh, don't do that...

you're going to drown it! 

I already watered it today,

you won't need to

until

at least

next Friday. 

-

oh, don't do that...

once a week, tops" 

-

over time

it began to stretch

and yawn like her cat

while searching

for elusive drops of sunlight

that we figured someday

might come out

and make it thirsty 

-

then she left. 

citing my immaturity

-

"oh, don't do that..." 

-

...and it became

my job to care for it 

so I watered it some more 

-

"you're going to drown it!" 

-

I mean

what else am I to do

with a plant-

talk to it? 

-

inspired by my new maturation

I named it "Victor"

after the dead actor

Victor Mature 

who starred in

the movie China Doll

-

I am determined

to not let him die

-

I look past the clouds

and hope for daylight

to dry the puddles 

-

I whisper

everyday

(sometimes

twice a day)

to Victor

to remind myself 

"crying isn't always

a sign of immaturity" 

-

but looking down

my teardops

spill into his soil

and his leaves

keep wilting 

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

for Twilla, 2002 

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