Canis Chalcedonus Somniculosus
I dream your sister buys a dog
and breaks it open like a rock,
revealing glowing pyrite innards
to match its glimmering crystal fangs.
If only we, too, could be so lucky.
(Then again, perhaps our insides are likewise gilded with light,
and we only have to fall apart
Dessa Bayrock is an ex-journalist and current PhD student. Her poems have appeared in Raspberry Magazine and Bywords, among others. She is currently growing a small jalapeno plant on her balcony, which is perhaps her most meaningful accomplishment.