Dream of a thousand nickels,
wake and calculate. Dream of movie producers
touching you all over your body, palpating
for your big ideas and ambition.
Dream of explosions, helicopters,
passionate kisses. Dream of
your marriage falling apart, messy
divorce. Dream of hospitals, public bathrooms,
tears. Dream acting teachers who say,
“When you go to an audition you have to believe
they want you.” Dream of supermen
and comic books come to life.
Dream of special effects, people
who disappear without warning or goodbye
and return, suddenly old and gray.
Dream of people filled with emptiness.
Dream of filling them up with your
publicity. Dream of awards,
crowns and Godheads. Dream your face
on the magazine cover. Dream selfies
and tweets. Dream of singing whales.
Dream of the flickering light
of a campfire. Dream of children.
Dream of naked bodies, dead and alive.
Dream of eyes. Dream of nails.
Dream simple gestures that denote
power and vision. Dream of your own hands.
Dream of food, tables and tables
of sweets and cheese and crackers,
peanut butter and jelly. Dream of
America, sitting quietly in expectation.
Dream supermarket aisles and
green lights. Dream of jargon.
Dream love poetry. Dream blood.
Dream of whispering, of words, of
promises, little cracks in the wall.
Dream big. Dream in sound in color.
Dream a sign with your name on it.
Dream that you have died long ago
and you have not been forgotten.
Eli Rarey is Ohio Edit’s Magazines and Media Expert. He has lived in New York, Santa Rosa, Dublin, Reykjavik, Los Angeles, and his own mind. He is available for parties, weddings, and bar mitzvahs. His feature film, The Famous Joe Project, is out now iTunes.