A Dream in Brick

by Jerry Ratch


A man walks up and faces

this new red brick wall

The bricks are all perfect

as you might expect in a dream

And the cement is tuck-pointed

without a dribble, anywhere


He looks at the wall

and puts his head through it

And when he pulls his head back

there's a brick missing


This man thinks Brick


But it's no emergency

To him Brick is not

an emergency


When this brick is gone

when it's completely consumed in his mind

he will take another

and another

and another


And you know and he knows

that he will never worry over Brick