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The Weeping Brain
Dreamed 2010/12/5 by Wayan
for you other weeping brains
NOTES IN THE MORNING
My sister Althea has a painter's dream.
Bought the new biocomputer: fourteen
by seventeen-inch screen--mad to draw,
so Althea sprung for an oversize brain.
A pale buff leather, sallow, like dry cheese
rind or elder honky skin. But cracked. Weep-
ing Frankenstitches. Not blood--lymphluids seep
as I tap the keys and watch the cursor creep.
I ask "Don't those leaks short the circuitry?"
Althea looks away, and snaps uneasily
"Leaks? There are no leaks!" While I feel
the drool. Her tongue's a slick denial-eel.
Maybe they're tears. Is her portable sad?
Boxed for art, unsexed and flayed.
O weeping cheese, grief-oozing skin,
three-hanky brain... I fear we're kin.
- Her oversized brain:
- Althea's gifted; aced the IQ tests, got in advanced classes, passed for adult by 14, and left home young.
- Althea's gone pro about selling her pastels this year. They're mostly 14 by 17 inches. So it may not be her art-tools but her art that's stitched and weeping...
- Enslaved brain in a box: "Tatja Grimm's World" by Vernor Vinge has galactic criminals who farm Tatja's people--put their brains in discount biocomputers (economically silly, but a vivid image of wage-slavery!) So the dream warns something's very wrong here--her "biocomputer" is a living brain whose body's been stolen.
- Oozing clear fluid:
- lymph: Lately my ears have been sore: crack and ooze lymph, but not blood. So this is about me too.
- Our mom died 8 months ago. Althea and I both dove into work. Beats drinking, I guess, but...
- Althea's a good artist. Loves the work. But like me, she obsesses. The brain's enslaved. And not happy.
- Althea's denial: she does tend to tough things out, work through illness and grief, even more than me.
- ACTION: Burst the box. Live in my body. Dance, date, travel, sing. And nag Althea to get out of her box.
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