Treasure Island

alexandre arnau

(9.26.72 -? / new york city)

dreams #2

we ran through
the dead woods
a serpent
as long as memory
and as hungry
as time
gave chase

drowning in
my terror
i could hear my friends
one by one
falling in screams
and the great maw
of the serpent
engulfing them

i ran
not daring to look
at the sleek death
behind me
only two of us

when we cleared
the woods
salvation was a rusty car
but hopeless
in its distance

please God
just a few seconds

my friend had
caught up with me
and when he reached
his hand
i grabbed him
we ran

two souls
in flight
from insanity
but then
a cold finger
had caressed
my spine

that was when
i let him go

i heard him fall
to the serpent
and the laughter
that followed

i exploded
into the driver's seat
and sped off
never looking back
and never noticed
who had curled up
in piles of shiny black rings
behind me

and in my ear
a velvety tongue
'such a fine
and clever boy...
let's go home'

and when i woke
i found
my guilt
had finally
caught up with me

Submitted: Wednesday, August 24, 2005
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