The Dream of a Fire Engine

By Kimiko Hahn Kimiko Hahn
Without the sun filtered through closed eyelids,
without the siren along the service road,

without Grandpa’s ginger-colored hair,
Mother’s lipstick, Daughter’s manicure,

firecrackers, a monkey’s ass, a cherry, Rei’s lost elephant,
without communist or past tense,

or a character seeing her own chopped-off feet dancing in fairy slippers,
or Mao’s favorite novel about a chamber —

the scientist of sleep has claimed
that without warm blood a creature cannot dream.

Source: Poetry (May 2012).

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This poem originally appeared in the May 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

May 2012

Biography

Kimiko Hahn is the author of Toxic Flora (2010) and The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006), both published by W.W. Norton. She teaches at Queens College, CUNY.

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SUBJECT Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Theater & Dance

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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