Recurrent Dreams

By Eric Greinke

1.)  Dream Of Flight


I fly over the shoreline

of Lake Michigan.  I can

see all the way down

to the bottom & blue

sky & green water surround

me as I rise & descend to

the surface & back up

with the shadows of big fish that

swim through the turquoise depths.

From far above & away

I see you walking closer

along the sandy beach, your feet

washed by waves with

white eyelids sparkling

gemlike in the sunlight.




2.)  Museum Dream


I approach a mountain wall

& a huge door opens as in Aladdin.

I enter a half-lit hall

the length of a football field

& three stories tall.

Along the walls are many huge statues

made of a dark stone.

I walk among them, touch

them, step back to see

their sculpted faces.

I can’t see their expressions,

but I can feel them

looking at me, powerful

yet somehow kind & alive.







3.)  Dream-Jam With Keith Richards


I find myself jamming with Keith.

He has a big grin on his face.

We’re really into a 12-bar blues.

Keith is playing in open-G tuning.

It gives the rhythm a contrapuntal effect.

I start out playing rhythm too,

in standard tuning.  The two

guitars sound complimentary, but

it needs a lead, for variation.

Keith nods, still grinning wildly.

I take the lead while Keith

picks up the fill with

a double strum at the

turnaround.  I ask him

why he’s always grinning.

“I just love to play.” he says.




4.)  Home Of My Recurrent Dreams


Water runs through it,

like a stream, and

extends to the outside

where it winds through

the yard.  The house has

a large pool that covers

the roof, above a second

story with hot-tubs, showers

& a cedar walled sauna.

There is a sixty-foot waterfall

on the hill behind the house,

& a series of ponds that lead

to the house-stream.

The only separate room is

the Plumber’s Lounge.


Eric Greinke has two new Presa Press books scheduled for 2016, Poets In Review (a collection of forty-six reviews written from 1972 to the present) and Zen Duende – Collaborative Poems with Glenna Luschei (which includes Lone Bones, published in this issue of Forge for the first time).

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