Daily Prompt: Nightmare

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Nightmare

nightmares mama told me were a way for god to scare you
showing you hell
so you begged for heaven

mama wasn’t a religious woman

it was a nightmare of a garden style apartment.
windows that began at the ground
(our waists were always in limbo as we stood)
(we were in hell as we sat)
broken bricks and solid furniture
a small dish pregnant with ashes and yellow sticks

mama’s favorite color was yellow

when you dream mama said
you visit heaven
you caress paradise and flirt with forever
but dreams come only when your eyes are closed
and we cant afford to do that right now, can we

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