john ashbery

Heck, it’s anybody’s story,
A sentimental journey—“gonna take a sentimental journey,”
And we do, but you wake up under the table of a dream:
You are that dream, and it is the seventh layer of you.
We haven’t moved an inch, and everything has changed.
—  John Ashbery, from “More Pleasant Adventures,“ A Wave (Open Road Media, 2014; first published 1984)