Brain Fog and a Dog

When the wind blows through the streets, through the thick curtains of old balconies, the dog barks to wake me up and I wearily swim out of my dreams.

The lights are on, but I feel the darkness. There’s a fog in my brain and an invisible visitor in my room.

I feel the gaze of the interloper.

“Can you see what I am afraid to see?” I ask the dog.

Nightmares leak. The fog thickens. The minutes slow down. Something I am afraid of stealthily crawls in the shadows. It waits, it waits. I hold my breath. The dog barks, but it doesn’t come out.

“Can you see what I am afraid to see?” I ask the dog.

The dog stares into thin air, waits by the door when there is no one there.

I am here, the dog is there. No one else but the spirits of those who lived once.

Outside, the wind whispers a horror story.

The dog looks into the mirror and, when I take a peak from underneath the blanket, I find the eyes of the dog’s reflection watching me.

And then the real dog barks, but her reflection doesn’t.

The real dog runs out of the bedroom, but the reflection stays.

The dog in the mirror snickers.

Do You Have Any Plans For Tonight?

There are many love songs I haven’t written
but some were written by others
and the songs are
about you

And I feel like falling
all over again
into the sky
where the nightingales spell your name
in colors

Where the stars look up to you
from where the moon shines on the strings of your hair
stuck between your lips and mine

And your smile
when you smile
poets feed their works to the fire
readers smoke more cigarettes
wine cellars age twice as fast
and I understand nothing anymore.