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dreamed 2008/9/15 by Wayan.
I just finished Terrorist Hunter by Anonymous, a caustic, gripping, invigorating book by an Iraqi woman who combs websites and infiltrates American mosques to find recruiters and funders of terrorism. She's furious at the FBI and CIA for hoarding data and actively blocking investigations, particularly of Bush's Saudi Arabian buddies; she considers them nearly as culpable as the terrorists themselves.
Moonless night. Pinprick stars.
We're camped in a grassy fold
on a stony California hill,
in the black fall-chill.
Time to wake our Hero. He
planned our predawn raid:
we'll surprise that hated tribe
holding the hill to the north.
Thrice I whisper His perilous name.
Careful! Don't touch holy Him.
For he's an assassin deeply trained:
slash-prone. Save your limbs!
By my foot, a mysterious red
paperstrip glows like an ember dim.
A magic sword, a folded fan?
He sees a portent--and a plan.
Well, he's our terrorist expert! So
we dutifully cut, tear and fold
a gull-sized paper bird. Then go
forth to raid His foe.
Starlit ambush fails. Awoke
their Hero, leery as a fox.
Tall and lean as a spear he stalks,
Trailing a shy platoon. They go
quivering as He spurs them on,
a bristle of spears, dim in the dawn,
down the fourlane blacktop from
the College of San Mateo.
Our Hero sees mere mice. "Let's strike
horror in their hearts." He lights
the bird, and nods to our own tribe's
Sarge, who sets it aflight.
Flame flutters at the enemy! But
the poor bird spirals down
to fall ash-dead at our own cold feet
Terroring only ours.
Our Hero's falling short, so far.
But their troop inept
lost track of their anointed! We
chase him round a home--
no doors, just archways in a loop. Oh,
round the Heroes go!
Tries to hide, but He's in loud
Renaissance robes, and it's dawn
so a Devious Lurk don't work so fine.
We amateurs finally catch Him, though
our Hero is never much help--
big and muscled and slow.
What to do with a Hero? Theirs,
I mean. Though both appall.
Wake up inexplicably in tears;
blind night. A chilling fall,
and no heroes here
no heroes here
NOTES IN THE MORNING
- Hero who endangers his own = President George W. Bush of course.
- Cunning barbarian hides in the hills = Osama bin Laden. Terrorist Hunter translates a pamphlet from Osama's early years in Afghanistan; he already planned jihad against the US. The CIA claims he turned later. False! He played them from the start.
- Osama bin Laden defends the College of San Mateo: years ago I took a class at CSM from a teacher who was inexplicably hostile--he actually falsified my score on the final exam! Later I learned he and my dad were enemies in a nasty political fight. Unable to touch my dad, he took out his spite on me.
- so... CSM = jihadist Islam! Tribalism/racism, hurting the innocent, and just plain lying. Like the rich Wahhabis who fund hate-speech and terrorist-recruiting in mosques whose clerics pose as pious scholars. Like that CSM teacher posed.
- Bird on fire that just falls: the 9/11 victims. Terrorist Hunter quotes a child who saw people in flames jumping from the tower: "Mommy, the birds are on fire."
- Fails to scare the enemy: as I write, Bush has had 7 years since innocent people-birds fluttered in flame down through Manhattan air. Has he caught Osama? Have his Saudi backers been exposed?
- Loud Renaissance costumes: 1: poet Theodor Weiss dreamt a sequel to The Tempest: Caliban, taken to Europe, must save Prospero & Miranda from a fiendish plot. I longed to see that play! My dreams complied--sorta. 2: The plots described in Terrorist Hunter sound Elizabethan. Why not? The 9/11 terrorists and their backers have their heads in the 16th Century--on a good day.
- House with doors in a ring: a house I lived in when I was working at Stanford, going to Psychodrama, lonely, sick, saving money. Could mean illness, frugality, drama, education... or maybe just modernity.
- Saladin: Muslim hero who fought the Crusaders. A humane guy who tried to spare civilians--unlike Osama or Dubya.
- What's it all mean? The dream hints that Bush, after seven passive years, may miraculously catch Osama bin Laden in time to tilt the 2008 election for the GOP. Osama's been a great distraction from Bush's Saudi business buddies who fund jihad (Terrorist Hunter says his spooks not only won't finger Saudis, they harass antiterrorists who do!) But my dream points out Osama's a tempting election-year trophy. So...
- ACTION: just in case the dream is right, I'll post this as soon as I'm done writing.
- This is Dreamverse #26. Every day, a dream-poem! Political hackjob or not.
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