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In the dream, I am hanging


upside-down from the petals

of a tulip - the kind you spend

an hour planting in fall then

forget about until 


spring - up in the sky. I cannot see

if I am big or small; if I look

up I can only see my feet and


clouds, but not my hands. Where

did they go? Did they finally crawl

underneath my skin - is that why

I hurt so much?


My gym teacher calls

my name. Her hair is no longer

green. She eats oranges instead.


If I look down I can

see seven dragonflies. One

only wants to talk about politics,

yet it has never graduated

college. "I have a relevant

opinion," I say to the seven

dragonflies. "But I haven't


graduated college either."

The fourth dragonfly hums.

"What makes you think it is 

relevant? Did you invent



"No, but I have discovered

the freezing point for matcha-

flavored chocolate," I say. The

tulip changes


into matcha-flavored chocolate,

melted. The seven dragonflies

buzz - I think they are laughing.

"We fly," says the one who only


wants to talk about politics. They fly.

My gym teacher changes

her hair back to green. It hurts. I

can smell it on my skin.


In the dream, I am hanging

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