Number 19 Dream

Listen to me reading my poem, Number 19 Dream, on BBC Radio Scotland’s Upload segment. Intro to my poem from 1:37:02.
And link to the reading of Number 19 Dream on its own, BBC Radio Scotland
We dream deeply,
walking pebble beaches.
Stones of bluish grey,
striped honey beige,
red tenement sandstone,
granite sparkle,
twist and turn beneath our feet.
Owls swoop from the night,
as we walk
across soft mossed hills
to a dawn red-hued sky.
We dream of kisses,
cheek caresses,
gentle and tingling,
then hard and full of want.
Boats roll
on tumbling waves,
sailing to anywhere,
as we look for others
to haul onboard.
We lick white foaming beer
from lips, arms resting
on sticky wooden bar tops,
our ears full
of talk,
our eyes full
of each other.
We dream.
We wake.
No dreams can come true here.
There can be no miracles.
Cradled screens fulfill
our ersatz lives.
The hours busy us,
the day zooms with calls, skypering with chat.
How long till our stones,
our hills, the owls,
the sailing boats
become mythical?
Ah kent them once.
Just stories.
The virus infects our dreams, reduces them.
If it's not through a screen,
how is it real?
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