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Dreamed 2018/9/20 by Wayan
Why do the villagers fear that girl
who practices the shifter-spell?
Snout sprouts out. Wolf-tail, ears prick,
and... feathers? A bastardizing trick
She lets me try the spell. Become a swirl
of wolf, bird and startled human girl.
Raven's laugh. And farsight. Sen-
sual wolf-warmth. A smoky blend.
Heavy--not too high, but O to lift beyond
inn-gossip, mill, the muddy pond.
A glorious air-swim minute I can be
Above mere human me: flash free.
NOTES IN THE MORNING
- Big fliers who can't go far: saw an Atlantic article on the Tower of London's ravens--clipped wings keep their flights short. This "ancient" tradition only started in the 19th century! Tourist-driven. Funny how, on learning this, my view shifted from grudging acceptance to feeling the wing-clipping's unjust. Tradition yes, money no?
- Feathered wolves: not random! In Mind of the Raven and Ravens in Winter, Berndt Heinrich says ravens cooperated with wolf packs and human hunters, led them to prey in exchange for scavenging. All three species mixed in the dream really were, in prehistoric times, symbiotes.
- Red and yellow feathers too: Parrots, that other avian group as long-lived, brilliant and kooky as ravens.
- View above small-town gossip: Shamanic dreaming itself! Rising past the human issues of ego, community & status. All that monkeychatter. It's not that birds and wolves don't fuss over status too; but being mixed frees you from intra-species monomania.
- The dream argues that being rather animal, preferably several kinds of animal, helps you transcend--unlike human religion's nagging to suppress your animal side(s). I feel lucky that autism locked me out of the human social world. Lonely, but it freed me from its mental cage too. So nice to step out of your skin! Give it a try. Maybe you'll like it outside.
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