Eliza Jerrett

Shared Experience

He tells me that after
the coma, he dreamed
they moved his bed into
the center of the football 
field. People crowded 
around him, and he 
told them all the same 
joke, over and over,
again, and nobody 
But in the coma, there weren’t
really dreams, just people
gathering and retreating, 
smells and voices wriggling in 
like light through leaves.
Darkness, warm and womb-like,
the opposite of nothing.

Eliza Jerrett lives in Somerville, MA. Her work has been featured in Rumblefish QuarterlyOhio EditFirst Night Boston and the Boston Poetry Marathon.