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Lakota Trainscapes

Dreamed 2018/10/30 by Wayan

I'm in the general store of a small inland town. Ranch land. People mostly look Native American; a reservation? Where AM I? Don't know the local language--the few signs in it look like Lakota, maybe. Sure not Navaho or Hopi. And the land's too sagebrushy. I think I'm farther east--the High Plains.

On a rack, I find some odd postcards by a local artist. Trains blended with landscape. Like...

A marsh and dry grassland as night falls, but the dark is physical, a cutout silhouette--the black Boxcar of Night, rolling along the Horizon Line, with its great dark dream-eye staring at the big picture invisible to the day eye.

The Boxcar of Night, a collaged postcard seen in a dream by Wayan. Click to enlarge.
The next card shows Fossil Train, winding through a scrub plain with a few mesas. Except it's not rolling. Can't. It's stone! A snaky micromesa shaped like a steam train, with little talus slopes to the stony railless trackbed. If you're on THAT train, you need to crawl out a window. Going nowhere!
The Fossil Train, a collaged postcard seen in a dream by Wayan. Click to enlarge.
I think "If only these were dreams, they'd be good candidates for the World Dream Bank. Not just vivid images, but vivid meanings."

But the cardbacks don't say whether the artist dreamed 'em. Too bad! They don't qualify.

And then I wake.

Wrong again!

NOTES IN THE MORNING

Silly me. They are dreams. They do qualify.



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