The Science of Dream Play: Poetry from the Preschool

The Dream Artist as a Preschool Teacher

There is a place

Where a line of tall eucalyptus trees

Stand in twilight.

A path runs along beside them.

Somewhere near is a park with a wooden game

Where you put a golf ball through

A maze of baffle walls and dowels.

There are triggers which:

Set other balls in motion

Change the position of obstacles

Make sounds occur.

Today I found six ball bearings and

Thought of how they would be perfect

for the balls in a small model

of the dream apparatus.

I could use some springs

And other parts

From the typewriter

We are dismantling

In my preschool class.



Hide and Seek: The Story

A ghost flies down to the city

drifts to a house

knocks on the door

nobody comes

the ghost goes in

looks in cupboards, on shelves

no one to chase

the ghost looks under the table

Where many people are hiding

and the game is on

as the story ends

The Hard Sciences

Is it warm or cold?

Does it smell of the earth or taste sharp like electricity?

Will it have an engine or be pushed

By legs or pulled

Down a hill

By gravity?

Could you launch it into a cloud or

Drop it from space to burn

Through the atmosphere?

Can you crawl inside it and dream?

“It’s a river in the ocean,” says the child

Letter Play

A’s an ace
just in case
B’s bees see C’s
and seize C’s on the seas
as D’s do with Ease
and E’s do in threes.
Unlike f,
in which letter and sound are the same,
G says Gee sometimes
but not in goggle, gaggle, or game.
H is not the sound.
H is a name.
I eyes
with I’s eyes
Jay J walking
with Jamie and Jake
and riding with L on the El
to Em’s M, short for Emily’s embrace.
They all end up later with N
over at NunziO’s place.
Oh! for an O
so round, so oblong,
owing to going
out Oing too long.
P’s are pieces of peas and pees,
and as we are taught to mind peas and queues
Q’s take cues
and line up there too.
Arrghs! Come from pirates
R’s come in the bottoms of jars
and are held incarcerated by bars.
S’s make stresses
and end up in messes,
but they also come
at the end of
caresses and blesses.
T’s take tea and tease.
while the ewes use the U’s
by the old yew trees.
and where does that leave us
Vis a vis V’s.
W is two V’s really, it’s clear.
two U’s would look more
wobbly for sure.
There are excess x’s
axis needs it
and access doesn’t
and X’s sometimes sound like Z’s
I think they must be cousints.
Y’s use whys to become wise
The big ones tend to stand in alarm
They hold in their thighs
and stretch up their arms.
The Z’s are disease
and nobodies friend.
Now the letters are done
and that is the end.

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