Description: This was originally composed for wdbwp’s poetry prompt Dream States. This prompt told us to pay attention to our dreams that week and to compose a poem based on what we remember. Though I composed this piece on time, I am horribly, horribly late in posting it. (Thank you, college.) Nonetheless, I was impressed by the imagery and symbolism my dream contained.
I think this dream says much about my current attitude toward romantic relationships. I have recently been noting how draining romantic relationships are. Honestly, being single is just so much easier. There’s not as much emotional strain — you don’t have the stress of wondering if he’s “the one” or if you’re doing things right — and you don’t have the time commitment! Your life is just so much more flexible.
Though I think this poem contains a deeper element as well, perhaps illustrating how I view my romantic past, the decisions I’ve made, and how I’ve coped.
He holds out a contract to sign
Marry me he says
Robot body guards hold me in place
And I almost consent
But flashbacks bring reality
And I crash my fist
Into the robot’s glass head
And wrap my fingers around the crucial chip
Ripping it free
The robot crumbles
And I flee in the chaos
I load up my escape pod
And use the chip to power up
And out into space I fly
For the first time in awhile
And I land
On a planet of Japanese gardens
And polished wood bathhouse floors
And I rest
In the beauty of sunshine
Through sliding screen doors