i dream with open eyes
of copper pennies
raining from purple skies

i dream of magic coins
kissed fervently by lovers
and tossed over shoulders
into fountains that have heard
whispers of hope for all eternity

have i ever told you
how i fish the pennies
from the fountains
and press them
to my burning eyes?

have i ever told you
how i shield my eyes
from the twisted images
of waking dreams
and cool them with
droplets of brackish water?

have i ever told you
how i steal the fervent wishes
of those who dare to dream?

i imprison

in the space
between coin and lip

and lick it
with my tongue


is mine

can you tease it
from between
my silent breaths?

i dare you…