It Isn’t Empty if There’s a Dream In It

A poetry teacher once said, write a dream and lose 
your reader. But, wait, don't go— lately, you were in
several of my dreams: filling a grocery cart with boxes 
all the same shape but with different colored labels,
then building a box igloo in front of the store. Then,
you were delivering people's mail, and I noticed 
you were wearing one of those ear gauges.
I wanted to ask if they were standard issue 
by the USPS, but that doesn't even make sense. 
I know the teacher meant it's easier to find 
the escape hatch in a world that isn't real. 
But emptiness hates the voids it creates. 
An emptiness leading somewhere is more 
interesting than one that's just itself. 

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