again, last night, I fell asleep
in sweet words
and sepia visions.
you put aside my ancient book
– the great drama of existence –
and kissed my forehead
and I dreamed:
we were meandering,
on one of our good walks,
past . . .
delicious book shops
and flower stands
and fragrant café wafts
of coffee and fresh baked bread aromas.
my heart was light as air,
for it felt as though,
. . . pleasantly . . .
tousled on life’s windy breezes
while scraps of blurry print
little enigmas, I didn’t question . . .
and in the peace, I said: I think, I must be dreaming,
and you – kissed my forehead
and whispered . . . rest.
note: Sepia ink was used for writing and drawing until the 19th century. As with all ink – it fades with exposure to sunlight. Sepia tones are used in photography – the hue resembling the effect of aging in old photographs.
photos: antique stereoscope with sepia stereoscope cards (stereoscopes are devices – popular from the 1850s to the 1930s in which stereoscopy, or 3D imaging, created or enhanced an illusion of depth).
photos of Paris taken by my father during World War II atop my university 17th century literature anthology – W. Bourke
© 2014 Wendy Bourke