Matt Dennison: “Real”

Real

Side-winding around the half-cars though
the man seeing me looking yells Don't look!

I have seen the coat-covered passenger's
arm. Real? Is it real?

—I must keep going. It is real.
As real as watching your neighbor's house

burst into flames. How fast

disaster consumes others. Shocking,
our relief—I must keep going  

or run the risk of becoming 
real to someone else.

About the Author: Matt Dennison is the author of Kind Surgery, from Urtica Press (Fr.) and Waiting for Better, from Main Street Rag Press. His work has appeared in Verse Daily, Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made short films with Michael Dickes, Swoon, Marie Craven and Jutta Pryor.

Image Credit: Elihu Vedder “Study for “The Fates Gathering in the Stars”, 1884-1887. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington