The Dream (A Daniil Kharms Abortion)
By Craig Sernotti
Rory fell asleep and had a dream that he was squatting in some bushes and a policeman was walking past the bushes.
Rory woke up, scratched his right buttock and went to sleep again and had another dream that he was walking past some bushes and a policeman had hidden in the bushes and was squatting there.
Rory woke up, put his unpublished manifesto under his head, and went to sleep again; and again he had a dream that he was squatting in some bushes and a policeman was walking past the bushes.
Rory woke up, switched the manifesto with a tattered flag, and went to sleep again. He fell asleep and had another dream that he was walking past some bushes and a policeman was squatting in the bushes.
At this point Rory woke up and decided not to sleep any more, but he immediately feel asleep and had a dream that he was squatting on a policeman and some bushes were walking past.
Rory let out a yell and tossed about but he couldn't wake up.
A policeman, while out on patrol, heard a yell. He followed the cries and happened upon a man sleeping in some bushes. He was emaciated and smelled quite abhorrently. The policeman radioed for a sanitary commissioner.
On catching sight of Rory, the sanitary commissioner decided that he was unsanitary and was of no use for anything.
The policeman shot the decrepit man twice in the head. Janitors were called, and the body was folded in two and it and all of its belongings were burned and the ashes were dumped into the sea.
Craig Sernotti is not dead but dreaming. Poems by him have recently appeared in Instant Pussy, Dogzplot, Eviscerator Heaven, Sisters of the Page, and Journal of Heroin Love Songs, among others. He edits The.