“To sleep perchance to dream.”
By Brian Arsenault
A very small man headed to the fair along a very long road. As in all the old good stories, the road was dirt and everyone walked or rode a horse or maybe had a wagon. You’ve seen that road. In your mind. We all have.
And the man travels and travels and never gets there and if he does it’s not what he expected. Which makes him feel lost and uneasy. And he tries to work it out and the surroundings keep shifting but still he doesn’t get there.
Finally he wakes up and he is normal size but he still feels uneasy and kind of lost and he stays that way all day.
So here comes the dream man, tricky as ever. Scene shifter, people blender, chaos renderer. Familiar yet foreign. Known yet not.
Dark, empty buildings. Endless corridors. Something, what, never found. Always seeking. Comfort not. Anxiety endless. A ball of string that can’t be undone. All your disappointments rolled into one.
Dreams follow dreams these nights. All understandable. All not.
Peopled by familiars. Work people, family people, people in the news. Often unpleasant people, situations. Problems never resolved. Problems abide.
In sleep we can know no rest. Ever wake up from a dream in a bad mood because of what happened in the dream? That seems irrational on the one hand but it’s the same mind, isn’t it? Where is the separation?
Ever wake up angry at your partner because of what was in a dream? That seems irrational on the one hand but it means something, doesn’t it? She is your partner and you are you.
Why carry a mood from sleeping to awakening and beyond? That seems irrational on the one hand but it’s the same mind, isn’t it?
Never thought of suicide until you read Hamlet, did you? Now there’s a dream I could have lived without. Authors will ruin a life for a rhyme. Oh well.
My take: Maybe death is just a dream you can’t wake up from. Or life is.
Have you noticed that what you remember from a dream is mostly what’s dreamed just before waking; more precisely what’s dreamed while you’re waking? What’s dreamed deeper in sleep isn’t known.
Would you want to know? Is there a whole other life deep below the surface in dreams? The dreams of deep sleep. Does that dream life not know about your waking life just like you don’t know about your deep dreaming one? Do you want to know? I don’t think I do.
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