What happens to a dream burned out?

What happens to a dream burned out?

Does it flop helpless like a gasping trout?

Does it strike you like an open fist?

Or does it vanish like the morning mist?
–missed, you were missed at her party–
Part, part of me wishes I remembered why
–why don’t you call? We want to know how you’re doing–
Doing, what am I doing, playing at God
–God, you look terrible. Are you ok?–
Ok, one more day, come on, come on.

Liam 'Spark' Clark, MD grew up in Wyoming and graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR with a degree in biology but a transcript heavily weighted with humanities. He enjoys theater, sculpture, writing, and dance, as well as petting dogs

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2021 poem, "I met a man with death in his throat."
2021 poem, "What happens to a dream burned out?"
2020 poem, "White Coat Blues"