“Snakeplants” By: Jay Newman


Reach for the nightlamp.
Shut off the blue glow.
Make a dream out of hair.
Put the hairdream under
your pillow. It’s yours to keep.
Take the dream and bury it
in your pillowgarden. Enrich it
with nightsand and ghost stone water.
Watch it sprout. Tend it wisely
until it blooms violet.
Make more dreams
from fingernails, sweat, lost
teeth. Plant these in the corners
of your pillowgarden. Watch them
grow, sway, like your milk snake did.
They eat rodents, tail ends first,
swallow them whole.
The only difference:
your dreamflowers in your pillowgarden
do not slither away. They continue
to sway in your warmth.

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