The 2River View 26.4 (Summer 2022)

Michelle Hendrixson-Miller

When My Dad Visits My Dreams

He is an extra. In the background, 
he adds petals to the soup,
or paces and smokes
near a camel-colored chair.
He watches news from 1987.
He doesn’t have lung cancer. 
Or I forget he had lung cancer.
He says things like, Zebras, drinking
at the river. Is this a palindrome?
but not to me. I don’t remember
that he’s dead, don’t call out
or ask him to look my way.
And when I wake,
the plot of the dream, 
whatever it was, becomes
like water, or something 
with water flowing through it.

Michelle Hendrixson-Miller works for a non-profit that strives to make the world a better place for all children and families. Her poems have appeared in Adirondack Review, Mudfish, One, Poem, Thrush, and others. website

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