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Fall at the Right Size
Dreamed 2018/7/14 by Wayan
for all us wafflers
NOTES IN THE MORNING
over the skyscraper roof to rim.
Balk at the brink. Leap to glass twin!
Roof run. Again, again! Air-gulfs swim.
Cross downtown. Vault up, hop down,
skirt skylights, leap again, shocked
at my own surety and strength.
One gap looms
too vast to span. I know
the knack to shrink or grow--
and if I'm sparrow-small, I'll fall
unharmed 200 yards to pave below!
The cube-square law'll ease the blow
on twig-joints; the drag on my skin
slow me to mere rain-amble, not
pain's anvil. So I dare dive
abyss of light.
rat-small. Less? But as my flesh
dwindles, terror grows. Gyrfalcons nest
the tower! Talons, beaks avid to devour
doll-size gory me. In two. Yet if I
grow, bones break
Waffle from cricket to cat to vole--
fly/fall. But no hawk stoops. Clear why!
What fool'd take
A pulsing thing?
I spell trouble on the wing--may
pack uncanny sting. So I dare to shrink
and snow-flurry soft to earth, and think
"I sure worry--WAY too much!",
and, chided, wake.
- Nightmare of being hunted: I'm having fever, chills, hot flashes, and adrenaline rushes (recurring infection, still undiagnosed). My adrenaline-fueled pounding heart gives me what I call weakmares--exercise or chase scenes without a nightmare's fear, in which I keep my head and reason out a solution. Here I change size to slow my fall, then realize no sane hawk'll attack me while I show size-changing magic.
- Fatal fall yet land safely: during attacks I lose coordination and break things. Today, I dropped my favorite mug. But miraculously it landed in a bed of crushed paper in the recycling bin--anywhere else in the kitchen it'd have shattered. In the dream the mug is me.
- So what's it mean? Even a feverdream can bear an existential message--this one sure does. "I worry too much!" Notice how my worrying generates its own solution, too. I waffle, and that very indecision CREATED my size-oscillation--warning off predators, letting me shrink enough to land gently.
LISTS AND LINKS:
I'm Just Not Myself Today! -
size matters -
You Are Lunch -
pessimism & negativity -
math & logic -
dream advice -
poems - the cube-square law again:
Too Much to Bear (caution: gore) -
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