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Dream Pet

by Chris Sorrenti

dreamt last night
I had a gray squirrel for a pet
chanced upon one another
while taking a walk
climbed up to sit on my shoulder
like a parrot
and that was that

fluent in English
he talked to me incessantly
and I’d answer back
polite smiles from those
we encountered
as I continued my walk
to the hospital to visit a friend

bought a bag of peanuts
once inside
never got to see the friend
but found a microwave
in a stranger’s room
popped the bag into it
for a minute on high

as the patient
preoccupied with visitors
and a nurse checking in
just ignored me
and the talking squirrel

wonder what Sigmund Freud
would say about that?

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Posted on 01/19/2018
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