I woke three times last night.
With the poem “There was a little girl” in my head.
It starts like the real poem, but then it changes. Three times. It starts three times and each version is different.
I nearly got up the first time to write it down, but I nailed it solidly into my memory and went back to sleep.
The third time I think I dreamed the poem and then I am on a golf course. I am playing golf with President Obama.
“It’s really windy today.” says the president. He is cheerful and smiling.
I am calm even though I suck at golf. There is no one else around and it’s sunny and beautiful and windy.
“Let’s play the course in a different order,” says the president. “Let’s avoid the wind. I know you can hit it any distance, but let’s go in the order that is shortest and easiest. So we will tee off from one but hit it to the flag on two.”
There is no one else on the course. And it is beautiful. And I suck at golf anyhow and what the hell? It is not conventional but when have I EVER bothered with that.
I nod yes
and wake up with his smile in my memory.