What Kept Us Together
You're not going to like this.
I don't like it.
It wasn't love
or even hope of love.
What kept us together
I didn't want to move the piano to a new house.
I didn't want
to buy myself a television.
As long as we were together
these objects were kept in place,
as if by wires.
The scientists told me they were injecting dreams into cows.
Into some cows they injected cow dreams, and into other cows
they injected human dreams.
The cows with the human dreams, they told me, were keeping journals
of their dreams in their dreams. But the cows with the cow dreams
were not keeping journals.
Isn't that interesting? they asked me. Isn't that a major leap
forward in the study of cows and dreams?
But the cows with the cow dreams don't have hands in their dreams,
I said. They just have hooves, so they can't hold pens or pencils,
so of course they can't keep journals.
Oh no, said the scientists. We didn't think of that. It's good
we consulted you.