Saint Julian Press Poet
Fred LaMotte - SAVOR ETERNITY
I KNOW MY DOG IS DREAMING
I know my dog is dreaming when his legs grind like broken gears
and he barks
like an embryo.
I know my cat is dreaming when she purrs with half open eyes
in which I see cities on fire, ancient towers collapsing into the sea.
I do not know when I am dreaming. Perhaps I am the butterfly
Chung T'zu mistook for himself
in a reverie brought on by eating mysterious noodles cooked
in the hut of an old woman, whose body was a chrysalis
from which the New Moon emerged like a hungry moth
to wake him up.
I once thought I was a Taoist. I once thought I was a Christian.
Now I know that my religion is what comes from honeysuckle
and alfalfa, the gold
I drip on stone-cut buckwheat groats. My religion is
the syncretism of raspberries, walnuts, and cream.
My religion is the way children and their grandparents
behave around food,
when their parents escape to the kitchen to argue in secret
desperation about the cost of staying alive.
My religion is your arms around me, mine around you,
and the willingness to remain like this and do nothing
while our hearts murmur to each other about how
hard and simple it is to ask for love.
By Alfred K. LaMotte
Savory Eternity by Alfred K. LaMotte * ISBN-13: 978-0-9965231-4-1* ISBN 10: 0-9965231-4-6
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