H O W A R D   U N I V E R S I T Y

Faces & Voices 5
An Anthology
of Verse and Prose

the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,

E. R. B

Faces & Voices 4


I dreamed

By Terrena A. Carriman
Major: International Business
Hometown: New York City
E-mail: MOCCACHINO2G@aol.com

I vaulted off the pavement
shot up
through the mattedarkness
until my friction burned
spread like veins of gold vapor
converging back
onto themselves
swallowing the ends
and there fused
a ring of infinite
reducing the reason of the
ones to first break ground
A tragic logic telling me
we must not question what is
beyond infinite, beyond what 
we can see before us.
Searing gold radiance.
We must not take breath
without answering why we are
not like the others who
have lain with death with faces
buried in the pavement,
body and limbs providing
the place upon which I stand…
but brilliance
streaming through my perfect dark
invokes fear of uncertainty and still
I released myself from them
secured with gnarled hands
through my escape
I would become
like them, a way for new life to stand
somewhere beyond the convergence of sound and thought,
beyond this dreamtime
where our consciousnesses live 
inside each other
I will find myself.

© Terrena A. Carriman

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