The Phenomenon of Luminosity

1 December 2011

I have been dreaming again, she said, breaking
a roll of round coins into the cash register,
of John Glenn on the Friendship Seven spacecraft
during the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission
of 1962. And as she handed
me my change, I could not help but look into
her vein-etched eyes. That’s why I could not sleep
the way I did when I was a teenager.

You look tired, I said, nodding: Have you tried
out The Phenomenon of Luminosity
before you sleep? That may account for something.
As she handed my bag, she said: That’s something,
but I’ve not heard it in over a decade,
and I have all but forgotten the melody.

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