Dreams of a Calling

Dreams of a Calling
by Alex Levering Kern

Last night I dreamt 
of cities in ruin
and sitting in rooms
with Father Ray & Rodney P
(two scholars in 
the way of peace).
I dreamt of needing
the one key to open
that which I could not.

Last night I dreamt 
of children clad in scarlet shirts 
clearing a field of stones.
One lone woman
ran headlong down the crumbling hill.
When she hit bottom,
she laughed at all my fear.

Last night I dreamt
of waking somewhere 
within a dream:
in an ocean of light
huge ice floes thunked
against the hull of an ice breaking ship
at the farthest rim of the world.
It was just me & Mike, in the cold up there,
old activist Mike
adrift in the light, breaking up ice.



Alexander Levering Kern is a poet, writer, educator, and Quaker/interfaith organizer who serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University in Boston. Alex’s work appears in Spiritus, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), African American Review, Georgetown Review, Spare Change News, Pudding House, Main Street Rag, Meridian Anthology, and others.