passing around the glittery shoes

in the dream
i arrive early to
tuesday and a few others in
indoor pool/hot tub glow
setting up for a
dance party/art event and then
she’s co-counseling me on the phone
during a super rough support-needed time
and when her turn to be counseled comes around
i have to herd the playground kids
for an earthquake drill only
maybe it’s not even a drill
but the real thing and i point to the hills
let the others know we’re headed that way
_______

kitten party on and around
unfurled cistern-perched yoga mat
while i do 100 bicycles
hold plank
backbend
etc
until it’s as if all the stretching
was what pulled the cloud curtain
off the sky
sun-revealing
_______

cynthia-made sequinned mask
passed on (gifted) with accompanying stories
while omelet cooks
i peer out through the hand-cut eyeholes
_______
as if everything that exists
was cracking in half i say
about last night’s loudest-i’ve-ever-heard
three-part thunderclap that was way less like a clap
and more like a detonation
_______

lowering chomped collard seedlings
into hoophouse bed’s reverse nests
followed by a decent dose
of fish water
_______
strawberry chocolate cynthia says
thought of you
_______
more silence i self- prescribe
best attempt i can think of to
short circuit old/new hurt
_______

didn’t catch a single fish except one
emory says in an animated
report-back from the ozarks and illinois
have a cookie he gestures to
the bag on the benchtable
_______

frankie’s got good
dance party outfits emory calls out
under the karma ceiling fan swirling star
while mica cues up the
4-song dance party playlist
_______

i emerge in black selkie onesie
sequin short shorts
tiger stripe cap
sequin kerchief and sequin arm band

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to sly and the family stone
beastie boys
m.i.a.
tears for fears
and lorde
we jump sashay moonwalk shimmy
passing around the glittery shoes