Imaginary Girlfriends

When he was eleven
my brother told a girl in his class
they’d had sex the night before
in a dream.

He sat on the bus that afternoon,
shrunken, when she asked him
what that meant.

He didn’t have an answer, just gestures
and fumbling; a word
he would someday learn
to pronounce
love.

Added: February 17, 2012 | Last changed: May 11, 2014