from ANY SHORE BY DUSK LIGHT
Prose Poems by Michael Hettich
One night, my wife and I dreamed the same dream: we had carried our mattress to the ocean, thrown it into the water and climbed on. We lay together in that bed as we drifted out into the deep water, in a night that was teeming with stars and silence. We slept deeply in the lulling motion of the waves, and we dreamed we were sitting in a cafe by a ski lift in the sun, drinking coffee and watching people slide down the mountain. The language we were speaking is not one we speak, but we understood each other perfectly well. By then our mattress had drifted out of sight, and fish had started circling — but we were still sleeping, dreaming that we’d decided to ride the ski lift to the top of the mountain, despite the fact that we had no skis, that our clothes were barely warm enough for the outdoor cafe.
Michael Hettich's two most recent books of poetry are LIKE HAPPINESS (Anhinga Press, 2010) and THE ANIMALS BEYOND US (New Rivers Press, 2011). His newest chapbook, THE MEASURED BREATHING, won the 2011 Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Contest. He lives in Miami with his wife, Colleen, and teaches at Miami Dade College.
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