I’ve been thinking of us being together
and what I thought was
the mental picture that came to mind was
I walked into Dean and Deluca
and I saw that the man in front of me was sweating and
and just then all of the automatic doors slid shut
and the lights started blinking.
The man was shooting at the produce
and screaming instructions in Arabic which no one understood.
So I started interpreting for him
because I could tell what he must have meant.
And everyone got down on the floor on their stomachs
and crawled toward the corners.
They were sleeping in the stairwells and the hallways and
on the bathroom floors.
People started to get sick.
Each night 10 or 15 of the sick old men
were taken to the spare bedroom
and told to lie down in a clump.
The men with machine guns said
that they would fire one bullet per person into the clump
and if anyone managed to live they could live.
But when they opened fire
they just kept on shooting until everyone was hit.
Then the clumps of gold diaphanous fabric on the floor
and the hookers came out from underneath.
They were all dressed in pink silk genie outfits
and wore long, brown wigs and pink eye make up
and black eyeliner.
They all started to sing
and they had to keep singing
until all of the old men died
and then the men with machine guns shot them too.
You came in and led me to the bathroom.
You sat me down on the toilet and gave me 10 punchlines
and told me to come up with the jokes that went with them.
I matched them up correctly
and then you added in some homeopathic remedies
where you said the herb
and I had to say what it cured.
I ran through the back wall into the garden
where all of my theatre friends were having a lingerie dinner party.
Everyone was dressed in long silk gowns.
The tables were covered with silk pajamas and robes sewn together.
They were using silk panties as napkins.
And then it started raining
and everyone ran around grabbing the silk and disappearing.
So Tessa and I ran for the elevator
but when the doors closed we saw the elevator rolling away
and we were on an Amish schoolbus.
All of the kids and teachers were smiling at us and clapping.
The driver let me off at the elephant trainer’s
and he said he would take me back on his elephant.
He went into the tree house and came out with a plate of three sausages.
He said that while he meditated over the sausages,
one had curled up
which meant there was violence in my life.
I told him about Dean and Deluca.
He said that was probably it but he still couldn’t take me.
So, the elephant said he would take me on his own,
without the trainer.
So I climbed up on his back
and he started walking
and just a few steps down the road
he turned his head around and wrapped his trunk around my waist
and said that he had fallen in love with me
and he wouldn’t ever let go.