If dreams

Can dreams be real? They exist
at night — in the dark
ineffable phantoms haunting us 
like hazy ephemera disappearing
when we watch too long.

No — I think of other dreams,
the ivory hopes spring 
for however long we have. We write
them on the clouds until
we dream up something higher.

Are dreams real before 
they come true? Does it matter?
I prefer to spend energy 
finding time to nap.

Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #130 “ineffable” and FOWC with Fandango One word challenge “ivory”

Battle of the ages

A child skipped below an umbrella,
         the joy of youth insulated beneath
an innocent weapon
                 fighting back an inclement future.

Inspired, though not inspiring,
        I longed for such a battering ram
to bludgeon the plaintive
                skeptic buried beneath the years.

I tinkered with my cynicism, flirting
         with the optimism of youth, hoping
I might change
                 or at least feint near —

Instead, though, I creep back to sleep.
I lack the energy for that particular battle.

(c) 2019 by Phillip Knight Scott

Combo response to several prompts this weekend:

The one word challenge at Fandango : "cynicism"
Weekend writing prompt #119 : "Tinker" & exactly 75 words.
Word of the Day Challenge : "flirt"
Ragtag Daily Prompt : "plaintive"