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Thursday’s Gone
by Steve Bogdaniec

Last night
old cassettes and records came to me in a dream
they all ganged up on me
spinning me around
asking me how I liked it for a change

Then CDs and DVDs came by
all shiny and proud
they scoffed at me too
talking about me like I was no better
than outdated magnetic tape technology

The cassettes and the records pushed stop on me
and asked the CDs and DVDs who the hell they thought they were
like they could bully me
but no one better try it

The CD pulled knives
the records had chains
and they started dancing about
in a tightly choreographed fight scene
which is weird, since I’ve never actually seen West Side Story
and yet I knew enough to reference it in my dream

I need to see West Side Story some time
I don’t why I am still waiting
the dream might be my subconscious trying to get me
to finally track it down

In the chaos of the rumble,
I got free
and for some reason God winked at me
I’m pretty sure he started out as a big screen tv
but as he spoke
he morphed into the written word

He told me I was right for standing up to those bullies
and that I was a good kid
by this time, I actually was a kid again
maybe 10

He typed he was proud of me
and that I could be whatever I wanted to be

I woke up crying

It was my radio alarm clock
my parents bought it for me in 1984 from Sears
it still works
the radio was playing Lynyrd Skynyrd
whining about Tuesday being gone
even though it was a Thursday morning

I clicked off the alarm
gave my media collection a sneer
and got ready for work

PAINTING: Eyes That Dream by John Hoyland (2008).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steve Bogdaniec is a writer and teacher, currently teaching at Wright College, Chicago, IL, U.S. Steve has had poetry and short fiction published in numerous journals, most recently in Eclectica Magazine, Silver Birch Press, and Jellyfish Review. His work can also be found in the Nancy Drew Anthology: Writing & Art Inspired by Everyone’s Favorite Female Sleuth. Check out stevebogdaniec.com for links to published work and updates on new stuff!