Never Land

Tell me where dreams go to die
Make mysticism into physics
Do it for me now
Life has taught me well
Wishes hit the shitter
As time ill-spent hanging out
With the Second Guess triplets
Woulda Shoulda Coulda
But tell me, where do dreams go when they die

Hope hangs from an altar
Surrounded by prayers for understanding
Broken promises
Broken lives
Broken anything, broken everything
Dreams haven’t got a prayer there
Is the hell of never understanding never
Where dreams go when they die

Why is ‘never’ so infinitely finite
How did love become
Too small a word
What happens to dreams
When they die
Are they washed away
In tears that we cry
Stashed away
In words used to deny
The real Elephants in the room
What happens to dreams when they die

When I was young
A barber showed me
Static electricity
Made my hair stand on end
He made the static disappear
From a comb
With running water
Where did it go?
Down the drain?
Up the spout?
Out by Jupiter?
Energy is never gone, he said
So if that’s true, tell me
Where do dreams go when they die

 

 

Published by

Phil Huston

https://philh52.wordpress.com/

6 thoughts on “Never Land”

  1. > Is the hell of never understanding never
    Read both ways (with/without the missing comma) gives us eons of pause.

    > Why is ‘never’ so infinitely finite
    So true!

    Dreams die? Perhaps they’re just recycled.

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  2. Such a beautiful poem, Phil! As to dreams, here’s what I think. Dreams come from, well, let’s call it the ether, they depict alternative realities, then like those canned 35mm movies, they are sent on to someone else (another theatre) to be “dreamed” again. So, they never die, they just move on… and on and along the way they sometimes get edited to fit the current situation.

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