to hold the ephemeral

it has been a while
since i dreamed of you
but last night there you were again
sitting unbidden beside me
and we talked with an ease
i no longer can remember
whether we ever arrived at
but which has sung through
my wishful mind a thousand
times and more —
you were always
only ever a dream, even
at your brilliant best
and i a clumsy
snatcher of dreams
trying forever to hold
the ephemeral —
but i never really
knew you upon waking