Dear Chris, 

I was late dreaming 

Orson Scott Card was a 

Western writer, 

Ender’s Game a 

sunset daisy on a 

paperback sky. 

It was my birthday 

but not now, not awake. 

We were underground 

and the windows were 

so bright, Sunday brunch 

bright. Perhaps 

this is how the Bloody 

Mary was invented.

You’d think I’d wake 

laughing, Ender in a 

ten-gallon hat. I’ve never 

done it though. It doesn’t. 

When is it where I imagine you?