My First Good Dream in a While Was Last Night (Don’t Miss This)

and I hope it means something

for summer. Maybe because we

went to Rhinebeck to a movie

unlike any movie I’ve seen

Last Black Man in San Francisco

from the very first minute

you are Watching Something Wonderful

and then we went to the bar next door

sat outside on a night that was what summer can be

one of Those Nights where you can feel your heart

and then CVS why do I love CVS where a friendly woman

in  teddy bear  pajamas works in a prison worked 24 hours

in a row came home put on her pajamas  went right

to CVS next door to buy an orange soda she said You Probably

Want to Know Why I’m Wearing My Pajamas (I did) we bought

nuts we always buy nuts at CVS came home and I actually

went to sleep and then, I dreamt that every single person I ever knew

was in Lucca celebrating Annie and Joe’s anniversary outside on their lawn

above olive groves and rosemary and the town of Lucca

and every single person I ever knew was dancing.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. love to you, dear real dreaming, living esther!!! and thank you for sharing your life and dreams with the rest of us dancing companions on your journey!!!


  2. The Last Black Man in San Francisco sounds like a huge insult. I hope in your dream no one would play the lead? role. A wonderful movie? Reminds me of a WWII
    Navy parishioner saying to my face, Gays were ruining San Francisco. Now the very wealthy crowd are? Maybe there is an interpretation of this dream I’m missing? Happy to be sleeping and dreaming is it? The point of it all?
    24 hours of CVS is 24 hours of CVS employment. Sad while all your friends are dancing. Co-mingling in the CVS is interesting as long as you don’t have to live the lesser life.
    Ah sweet California Dreaming in the Catskills.

  3. No dream this “Last Black Man
    in San Francisco from the very first minute
    you are Watching Something Wonderful”
    Beautiful independent film by
    amazing young born-and-raised San
    Franciscans only too true also sad funny
    touching like here there everywhere
    a dreamy world everyone I know dancing.
    Thanks, Esther

  4. Esther Cohen, I love your work. Have you considered bundling some into a book??
    I especially loved this poem about a very good dream. I loved good dreams myself, but have not had one in a while…

    Lately I have been having bad dreams!

    I am soon to be making an author website and will let you know when it’s done.

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