Carol Bennett   © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Why I Stopped Going to the Chiropractor

My cat is sleeping upside-down.
She is dreaming.
I know what she is dreaming of.
The scientists have told us.
She is dreaming of hunting and grooming.
I could have told the scientists that.
I sleep upside-down when I sleep.
Thatís impossible.
The chiropractor told me that.
I know what I dream of.
I dream of hunting and grooming in my own way.
I know my dreams do not mean anything.
The scientists told us that.
I believe them.
My dreams mean what my catís dreams mean.
I could have told them that dreams are one part of the brain
trying to make sense of another part of the brain.
This is the same as being awake.
Cats know that.
When I die, I want to be cremated.
If I should change my mind between now and then, do this.
Bury me standing up.
Even if the undertaker says it is impossible.

J.R. Solonche
Copyright © 2010  

J.R. Solonche is co-author of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books). His poems have been appearing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early '70s. He teaches at SUNY Orange in Middletown, NY.

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