by Réka Nyitrai
Last night Elvis
was again in my mother's dream.
He was playing his guitar
whilst all the housewives from the neighborhood
were gathered in our kitchen.
that a few centuries ago
she and Elvis were birds.
Now, Elvis is a security agent at a busy airport.
Whenever he has off days, he visits my mother in her dreams.
He plays his guitar while she cooks him pork chops.
Sometimes, when I can't sleep,
I hear them chit-chat about old times,
when both of them were non-humans
and knew nothing
about the taste of tears
and the flow of time.
Réka Nyitrai is a spell, a sparrow, a lioness's tongue — a bird nest in a pool of dusk. She is the recipient of a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for 2020 for her debut haiku volume While Dreaming Your Dreams (Valencia Spain: Mono Ya Mono Books, 2020).