The Difference between Nightmares and Reality

by Shannon Clemow

Before I wake, Will Grayson…
Will Grayson!
The Night Circus, candyfloss,
Goodnight, my angel.

My dear, I wanted to tell you
The name of the wind:
Silence.
I remember passion, rapture…
Torment.
Still, she haunts me.

Just listen, remember me?
What if the final days…
When she danced across the nightingale floor
Looking for Alaska, can you forgive her?
And then I found you and I will be found by you.

The love of my life, perfect people?
Disappeared, smart moves.
Checkmate, my dear Charlotte…
Emma?
No one knows.
Still missing.

Before I die,
I know you will find me,
The silver chair, catching fire.
The burning, burning,
Gone.