I Dream of Ernie

i hear sad cello and want it to be mine
half listening to a documentary about the lost generation
the narrator’s voice, the cadence and immediacy of his speech
along with concise, one line descriptions of each artist’s work
cleve their names to the music, the corny name of their time
the curl and curves of era, classification, orthodoxy
now for the critic’s thesis, and brought to you by
they strove for this and failed at that
my ears discard all information, and focus on tone
and in the end, these titans could be anyone i know
the only real difference is the haircuts and hats
who wants to be anything in this clipped summation
all of us want some completion of story
resolution of self made myth
or we go daffy wand absorbing news of others still in the game
or we spend our time watching the world like a confused child
this feels like what i am supposed to do
and it also feels like a theatre of self selfery gone down gagging
the red velvet rope has never been released from its brass hook
for me
why continue?
there is good air in rumination and wisecracking
there is music in reductive rambling
there is at least a chance of a kill shot
some firing of the brain that could touch another person’s heart
or demolish stultified edifices of mind and habit and indoctrination
i have scattered this bit to the wind
know nothing of what comes next
and smell wine on a one legged veteran of verdun
as he stands to clobber hemingway over the head with a walking stick
and this is a good thing to dream
to render at least potential in the pictogram of mind
to puncture the myth of a bore, at least in fantasy
i have hunted and will now retire with my lady
good night all



Paul Hiatt is a writer, musician and sound artist living in Friday Harbor Washington, his writing has appeared in The Bicycle Review, Writemag, Rusty Truck and Bitch’n Kitsch.

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters. Glenn is also the official photographer for the Newton Writing and Publishing Center.