Dead Idea

by flammeusgladius

Dead Idea



(for Marissa Amador)



Despite its death, the dead idea remains.
It lingers, groaning spirit of the night,
and dares to trouble all the living brains
who saw it as a flash of vital light.
Dead things live on in dreams, assured they’re right
to stake out new and comfy territory.
The fill the dreamer with a sense of fright.
This victory at last to them is glory.
Since this is not a dream, I’ll leave the story
to tell itself, as all the best tales do.
I won’t squeeze into any category
the brooding ghost that now remains with you.
In a grave, I am told, that notion lies.
From graves, though, such conceptions tend to rise.


–Tom Riley