Late Winter Night's Dream
I will make you a bed out of beet greens
and layer them thick and damp
filling in the spaces
with dandelion flowers
and bits of loofah
I will keep on working until it is three feet tall
and is loaded with spring and weight
Then, before it dries out, across this mattress
I will spread and flatten seaweed
and clumps of moss
Rest on this heavy green sponge
roll from side to side
on its edges and fur.
It is cool against your heat.
Drop into it as if dosed
with Shakespearean eye drops.
~ E. Bouman