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A Snake-Prompt

Dreamed before 2005, by Rebecca Solnit

It is in the nature of things to be lost and not otherwise. Think of how little has been salvaged from the compost of time of the hundreds of billions of dreams dreamt since the language to describe them emerged...

In dreams I have been an eagle and a green finch, have met a three-headed coyote, wolves, foxes, lynxes, dogs, lions, songbirds, fish, snakes, cattle, seals, many horses and cats, some who talk, a woman giving birth by cesarean to a full-grown stag that ran away, still wet with the juices of birth, down a dark, tree-shrouded road, a gazelle fawn that a woman breast-fed, a brown bear who married a woman.

...[In the desert, on] the longest day of the year, I was walking up a little dirt track when I remembered what I'd dreamed of the night before, a snake, and as I said the word to myself, I looked down and saw my right foot was poised to come down on a fat little rattler with a buttony tail, flicking its tongue and wriggling along.

Source: A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit, 2005: autobiographical piece "One-Story House", 186-8 (dreams in general) and essay "Two Arrowheads" p. 132 (snake dream).

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