The rumbling is audible.
The stomach pains are lightning bolts.
There is a need to extinguish the flames.
During the ritual of bottle collecting,
she drains the remaining liquids.
It causes her mouth-blisters to scream.
She awakens with a scream.
The scream is real.
Her dream is not.
Do dreams come true?
Do they foretell the future?
Ruth Bryant joined ASC’s Creative Writing Workshop in 2001. She’s also a beloved volunteer at ASC, managing our Clothing Room for nearly a decade. “I’m using talents I didn’t know I had,” says Bryant. “Creative writing has awakened something in me. I enjoy it tremendously.”