It’s Only a Movie


A dream tells me that some problems won’t go away until I make them go away…

But what is the best way to make them go away?

In the dream…

I’m standing, watching television—I’m waiting to see how the movie ends.

But a wasp flies around the room—around me.  I’m distracted and I don’t want to be distracted—I just want to watch the movie.

Then the wasp gets caught in a spider’s web behind me.  So I’m safe—now I can give my full attention to the movie.

But the wasp somehow frees itself and again dips and darts around me.

Finally, in frustration, I whack it with a rolled-up magazine.

Wasps, flies, and mosquitoes are among the few creatures I will kill without hesitation in my waking life.

But I did hesitate in the dream…

There’s nothing wrong in watching movies…nothing wrong in being entertained…but I need to “get the bugs out” first (see June 9 entry).

But isn’t that what I finally did?

Yes. I’ll finally got angry enough to do something.  Maybe the dream is showing me that angry aggression has its good uses.

That may be so…

…but I suppose I could have tried to talk to the wasp first.  Find out why it was in my dream.

At the time of the dream, I did not know what trouble in my waking life the wasp represented.

I kept the question in mind for a couple of weeks, until I finally realized what problem the wasp symbolized.

It was an old issue—something that I believed might “sting” me.

But once I looked at the problem, it became something else…

…just as the wasp might have transformed if I had not struck it, killed it—if I had not acted out of fear.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and storyteller...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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