Dreamed 1993/4/15 by Chris Wayan
Down in the cellar, I find a forgotten toy horse on a wheeled platform. Only... the horse is alive! She's Silky, the wild mare who's my anima--and lover. My spirit wife. How'd she shrink to this? Seeing her trapped at the ankles as if in quicksand, I'm troubled, and, well, guiltily excited. Like coming home to find your lover spread-eagled, cuffed wrist and ankle to your bed...
"You abandoned me here. You want human girls with normal legs now, don't you."
She wants to go with me into the big world, she wants... well, a lot of things. To be on TV, the star of her own cartoon or puppet show. I feel sad, hearing her hopeless ambitions.
"You're talented, but with your legs stuck in that platform you're not gonna dance, or even walk on your own. You can't be the next Gumby." Oops, a slip of the tongue. I meant Gumby's best friend Pokey the plasticine horse. She has no hope of being Gumby.
Silky says "You could cut the platform off, to free my legs."
"Then you'd have short legs: they don't go down to the hooves. The wheels give you the proper height. You're just not built for independent freedom of movement."
"You could cut out pieces of the platform below my legs, and CARVE hooves."
I see what she means: cylindrical cuts with a jigsaw. If done with care, I could leave hooves, or at least ankles on which to glue or nail hooves. But not an easy cut--I only have a manual saw, with not too fine a blade. Lot of delicate work!
And her whole body, including the platform, is just eight inches high--does she really have a chance to become a star in this shape?
Or is she right? Is my skepticism just because I really don't want to be bothered? She's wrong about human girls--I don't have a girlfriend out there, and I don't care much either. I want Silky! But full-sized again, alive, free.
NOTES ON WAKING
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