Last Night I Dreamed You


by Rich Larson


 

in flannel pajamas

it’s good seeing you

is what i said

instead of, some days i

miss you like hell

 

when i woke up i had

memories, one of them:

us drunk in bed

you put your roommate’s mood-ring

on my finger and it swole

 

fat and purple and we tried

with dental floss, liquid soap

to slip it off, winding flesh tight

like pinching dough

 

the next morning we wore

matching hangovers

on our way to the jeweler

we’ll laugh about this someday

is what you said

 

as a woman with a small smile

and a small saw

freed my circulation

 

it’s someday for me now and i hope

you have somedays too

 


 

Rich Larson was born in Galmi, Niger, has lived in Canada, USA, and Spain, and is now based in Prague, Czech Republic. He is the author of the novel Annex and the collection Tomorrow Factory. His work has been translated into Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, Portuguese, French, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese.