Tyler Knott Gregson
Issue No. 19 • Spring 2018
I had a dream you painted maps, spent extra ink
and care on the spots we hadn’t gone,
took a bit more time, even if only you knew.
I sat quietly in a dim study, it smelled like leather,
like wood, like pipe smoke but not mine.
Like scent was a refugee and knew to flee here,
where it would be safe, called a treasured thing.
It took me back, smelling that, but I don’t know where to.
Somewhere, I heard your globe spin.
You’re a storyteller, I said, across the room and out the door,
sunlight fading outside and turning everything sharp and
slightly yellow. I remember the shadow the books made,
window lit and cascading onto my lap-a city skyline
across my thighs, all the lights were off.
I had a dream you painted maps, hands dirty with
city names and mountain ranges, the last letters
of a sea, staining your fingertips.
I sat quietly, and maybe for the first time,