I Dreamt I Was Vermeer

by Jerry Ratch

I dreamt I was Vermeer 

For just a little while 

I took this photo of a criminal 

A mugshot really 

And claimed I had painted it 

From memories of a previous life 


He looked just like a Vermeer 

With the light coming in 

From the side of his face 

I was speechless 

So, when I fell asleep that night 

I dreamt I was Vermeer 

And did a painting of a criminal 

Who appeared to me 

From a future time 


I began sweating like the criminal 

I had seen in my dream 

Calm down, they told me 

You can't be Vermeer 



Because I wanted to paint 

Another and another 

They were so beautiful