lovers long ago, some past on, one getting ready to pass on,
travel my dreams like an interstate across other times.
One beckons me to the afterlife, tugs at my emotions,
like a fish and toggle iron. I rest my head upon his shoulder;
we cry together knowing that I will not go.
My soulmate is dying. I speak with him daily, speak about him
in the past tense, preparing myself for the animal scream.
I dream my beloved marries an African priestess; he doesn’t invite me,
all the while we are living together.
dreams are mirrors?
The Quran says that sleep is a type of death and awakening is a resurrection.
these days, I don’t know the difference.
Kristen D. Scott is a six-time nominee of the Pushcart Prize in poetry for six works from her 2014 collection OPIATE. She is an award-winning essayist for her work on Federico Garcia Lorca and his books the Divan del Tamarit, Poet of the Deep Song, and essay, "The Duende."
She has published in several anthologies, newspapers, and ezines, including two front covers from Nacional Newspaper in Albania, the San Diego Poetry Annuals, Nomos Review, Perigee, Alesbuyia, and published two poetry collections from Garden Oak Press; LIAISONS (2012) and OPIATE (2014). She has been translated into Arabic, Albanian, Türçe, and Italian.
Scott is currently the Editor-In-Chief, founder, and web designer of KNOT Magazine.