The Art of Car Repair


 

Dreams will often tell me how I’m progressing on a problem.

First, I received this dream:

I’m graduating from a company where I’ve been working.

I stand outside the company building beside a flat-bed truck.  A car rests on the bed of the truck.

When I woke from that dream, I thought, “Okay, a graduation is a good thing—a course of learning has been completed.”

However, the car concerned me.  Maybe it needs to be repaired.  Why else would it be on the truck bed?

As if to answer this question, two nights later, I had this dream:

I deliver two art objects that I’ve found to a mechanic.

He’s going to use them to repair a car he’s working on.

The mechanic is a solid guy—the car is in good hands.

I’m not sure what those “art objects” represent.  For that matter, I still don’t know what “repairs” I need to make in my waking life.

I wish I did know.  I could speed the process along.  In any case, the dream assures me that I’m not stuck: I’ve found what I need to repair my vehicle.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry

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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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