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”


Just another twilight

What do we say in the twilight
of a republic? Roman walls fell
into darkness as emperors fiddled
with extravagance, confident
eternity comes to those who wait.

We are a nation doomed
to repeat mistakes of dead
immortals — blinded by hindsight,
history befalls us.


Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for Sammi‘s Weekend Writing Prompt #129 – Twilight


Closet

We have our own closet. Maybe that doesn’t impress
you, but if pressed, I’d be willing to share

a hanger. I should go through these clothes,
make a pile of shirts I never wear anymore

— what an effort. Aren’t closets to hide messes anyway?
Mine declared its ultimatum in carefully arranged polos

demanding closure. I’ve never been one to leave
things hanging.


Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

For Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #125 : “ultimatum