Dreamlike

I know the words in the actress’ throats,
heard them before the breath was drawn,
the recitation confirms my fears,
the first word of the scene triggers knowledge of the last.
I assume this is some known condition
one part Déjà, two parts vu,
but it reminds me of a woman, years ago,
who told me she could predict the future,
who told me there was something I had to do,
something important, that all my life
would build towards the completion of;
she asked me for five dollars, afterwards,
and I felt the strangest sense –
like I knew she would ask for that.

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