Poem of the week- Aaron Gardner: “Dream #5”

 

In my dream
I am running
and afraid.  I
am running
and afraid and
running.  There
is no air and I
am running
and breathing
in the nothing
and afraid.
In my dream
I feel breath
catch and jerk
in my chest
and I am running
and afraid
and it is dark
except
for the moon
and the moon
and the moon
and the moon.
In my dream
I am running
and afraid and
the moon follows
and I can’t
run fast enough
because the moon
is all there is
and the dark
and the fear
and the nothing
and my breath
and my legs.
In my dream
my legs are ribbons
tied to the moon
and I am afraid
to let go.

Artist Statement:

Aaron Gardner lives in Ojai, California and is a poet, educator, and father of two phenomenal children. He has been heavily involved in the spoken word scene since 1999, and was the Oakland Grand Slam Champion in 2010. He has been published in journals such as Ibid, Rivertalk, Cult 456, and Poetry Superhighway.  Aaron continues his work locally with young poets to help them discover their voices and the power contained therein.

 

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