She became so skilled at lucid dreaming
that she lost control of her waking fantasies
for the mind compensates for such manipulation.
Now the surreal invaded her open eyes:
a vision of Jesus bleeding diamonds
crumbled and blew away like autumn leaves
that materialized as a mass of giant butterflies.
And when the skin curtains lowered,
she was sitting behind a desk
or washing dishes.
She wanted to put the drama
back in its proper place,
but she'd damaged her soul,
and it exercised independently of her mind