for Meir Ribalow
Last night I dreamed you called me on the phone
The brilliant way Lee Marvin dies alone;
How Ava Gardner should have done more thrillers.
“I got her new book and I thought of you,”
I said, and you replied, “You’ll have to tell
Me what you think of it.” I said, “Will do.”
And then we talked Wilde (Oscar and Cornell),
Till you asked me what I was working on.
After I told you, you said, “Good, but why?
Because you want to be Fame’s Myrmidon?
That’s a low goal for anyone. Aim high.”
“And then,” I said, “shoot higher, right? I knew it.”
And you said, "Good. Stop dreaming now and do it."
Copyright 2013 Matthew J Wells