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Freddie Mercury came to me in a dream

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We were singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” in a Prius.
In his white tank top and tight jeans,
he ordered me to drive further into space.
He called me Space Queen.

Freddie took off his suit of skin
and threw it out the window.
I want to be 21 forever.
I want to sit in this Prius forever.

He told me to take a right down an alley.
Suddenly, we were back in Pittsburgh.
We stopped at a red light near the O.

His skeleton rattled as
he took a drag from his cigarette.
Know where we can get a sandwich
or good blowjob?

No. I didn’t.
Before I died, I always wanted
to ride a Harley. He stared at a
crimson bike across the street.

Was it scary dying? I asked.
He smiled and sighed,
like I asked him something
simple.

— Erika Kellerman


Erika Kellerman is a senior Communication and Media major at Carlow University. She lives in Oakland. You can follow her on Instagram, @erkellerman, or reach her at
erkellerman@live.carlow.edu. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on WESA 90.5 FM.



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