Bad News, Good News


Again, I wake up in a dream… 

…and find myself in a situation I’m not prepared to handle. 

But at least, this time, I was only half-asleep before I woke up. 

In the dream… 

…I wake up to find myself in a full concert hall.  I’m a child among many children.  We each sit at a piano in the front of the hall.

We’re going to play a classical music concert, performing in unison.  A matronly woman will conduct us.

I’ve been resting on a cushion, half-asleep, listening to a lecture on CD.  As I sit up, I carefully remove the headphones from my ears.

According to this dream, I’m sleeping through my days.  However, as I considered this scenario, I realized it’s not all bad news… 

For one thing, I don’t bolt for the door.  I’m going to stay there and do my best.  I won’t fake it.  Who knows, I may actually discover I know the music. 

Also, I’m listening to a lecture.  Maybe I lose most of the information; nonetheless, I’m trying to learn. 

I believe it’s also worth noting that I remove the earphones carefully.  A small detail.  Yet it shows a care for the things I use. 

But given all that, it’s still a disappointing dream.  I’m not prepared.  As a result, I lack confidence.  However… 

…though I’m asleep, I’m only half-asleep… 

…which means I’m also half-awake.  And a little awareness is better than no awareness at all.

© 2009, Michael R. Patton
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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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