Sujata Bhatt

Après un Rêve

Chocolate nougat ice cream,
raspberries, blueberries, pistachios and almonds - 
Billie Holiday down the street - 

The past and the future smell of maple syrup.
Here’s a mirror to prove it.
A man bends over a woman, asking, asking - 

Who is that man? Who is that woman?
Her hair in perfect curls, her silk blouse
slides off, and in that mirror they’re underwater - 

Here’s the boy you wanted to be,
all innocence and honesty, his face flushed with dreams.
Can you hear the aeroplanes? Can you hear those sirens?