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Dreamed 2011/12/31 by Wayan
Cliffs at Land's End. Set out with friends,
but I sneak off alone, to hide a Thing
from business rivals. Round a piny head;
beyond, a lonely cove. Bury it here? No,
the sand's wet up to precipice-foot; the tide
or rogue waves wash too high. So try
to south. A Jeffers tower! Old lighthouse? No,
a maze of arches, near-Escher, all stone
buttresses with stairs hacked in. Stairs? No,
straight channels meet at right or 45-degree
angles like Lowell's canals, or a whale-built
circuit board: ankle-wide but too deep to see
groove-profundity. Sea gasps--sags impossibly
low. Horror slips in slow. Scrabble up the wall.
Savage slam! Brine sting. Blind cling to stone.
Slowly sea subsides. Dragonstreaks of foam.
No heavy debris; there are only beach and bare
cliffs here to tear. But over in the Sunset? Low
streets akimbo to the vengeful sea. Will be
awash in jetsam death from this invade. I
wait. Will afterwaves rear and crash? So vast
a tsunami can carve a wake in time. But none!
Save fractal foam, the sea smiles sweet green,
lying like doom never came. Clean gone.
NOTES IN THE MORNING
A YEAR LATER
- Jeffers tower: Robinson Jeffers, whose harsh nature-poetry scorned humanity as corrupt, built a stone tower by the sea--but in Carmel, not San Francisco.
- Tsunami: earlier today, my recurring fever flared up. Chills, sweats, pounding heart. The dream incorporates & explains those sensations.
- Bare cliffs unharmed, but the crowded Sunset smashed: during attacks, seclusion is wise. I'm an introvert like Jeffers; people tire me, solitude heals. Not a new message: a tsunami taught me this decades ago, in Part 3 of the epic dream Learning Scales.
- No after-waves: this flare-up is sharp, but will be short; unless I over-socialize, no relapses.
- ACTION: just wait it out.
The next day I began a self-designed treatment with long-term antibiotics to test the hypothesis I had a really tenacious bacterial or parasitic infection. My attacks slowly and steadily got milder and shorter. The dream exaggerated a bit: this tsunami wasn't the very last--there were small after-waves. But the experiment worked.
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