J.T. is humming a tune, sitting on a three-legged stool,
Graying hair slicked down. He is not wearing the shiny
White suit which fit his trim figure so snugly in the heady
Days of Saturday night fever. In our scene John is dressed
In old jeans and a tee, like me. Faint flecks of snow or
Feather shards seem to shroud his sloping shoulders.
We smoke and chat like chums, telling jokes. I ask him:
How come you and I are sitting on a tiny patio, sipping
Soda pop? And why do you keep telling me how much
You like Tom Hanks and a star I don't know, saying they're
Pretty shitty when you get to know them? You stand up,
Hike your pants in a shrug, like a teenager. I wonder why.
I ask him: What does it mean, you appearing in my
Flickering dream? You speak so warmly, John, and act
Like a friend long lost, eager to talk about the good old
Days, which, so far as I recall, you and I never had at all.
You mention our high school friends, our fave teachers, but
You know good and well, we did not go to the same school.
Like voices in many of my dreams, I hear yours clearly,
As if I had talked to you yesterday. I notice your teeth
Have sheen. You laugh easily, chuckle at a lame remark
I make about Hollywood and stars and their phony aura.
What else can I do, John, this dream is making me feel
Important, like you came calling to tell me something.
When I get up to pour us another drink, you grab the
Pitcher before I can replenish our paper cups. I ask him:
Why are we drinking out of paper cups, anyway? I need
To know. We walk to the edge of the patio, your arm around
My shoulder; we gaze into the open sky. Before my very eyes,
Like a fading preview trailer, Travolta dissolves into the night.