In the dark and cold
I’m on the ground
Sitting and waiting to take a picture with lots of people
Scoot closer to be in it
Who’s going to take it?
Technology means we don’t need anyone click click
But it was on portrait not landscape and we need to take it again but let’s go inside
We are in an old hotel
Waiting for the sun rise where we will all stand in the window
I look for a spot, and find one where the shades are drawn but I think how easy it is to open them
I wander into a room where people are talking and someone asks someone about his band I ask what band is he in to be polite but he brushes me off I wander into another room, an art gallery and look at the paintings on the wall but am thinking about how that guy brushed me off and how I should wear a wedding ring so people don’t think I’m hitting on them and then my friend from college is there, Barbie brought her as a surprise. She hugs me and the three of us walk into the other room everyone is gathered to watch a movie of memories. I try to sit next to my brother but he is waiting for his wife so I find a place next to my mother. The guy from the band a few rows up turns around and looks at me but I ignore him. My shoes falls off my feet and someone comes over and tells me I need to leave and get comfortable shoes. I leave and wipe a tear out of my eye right when I pass the band guy. I am in a large ballroom and I am told that my hands were replaced with someone else’s for a punishment I don’t remember the crime. But I need to do something before I can get mine back… I wander out if the ballroom to elevators but the ones I find say private and I’m afraid to take them. I see a dining room of ghosts hitting themselves and drinking and laughing but I don’t go in because they are not alive. In the walkway there is a table of food and I start trying everything. My family is there but the event is over and they are taking stuff off the table. A girl tells Meryl Streep that she is just dating her professor to sell her husband’s book. I wander out and go down the elevator to the room of my friend. I was about to ask another woman for a dress to borrow when a pony sits on my lap. I tell her my daughter just asked for a pony as I stroke its head. I say I’m going north to a trip to the beach. She says their family is going south, I ask where, gulf shores? She says closer, I’m there all of the sudden in Biloxi. There has been an oil spill and they are dredging the ocean. I’m watching cranes and men pick up sludge. I help.