Two Places at the Same Time


One night I’m in a holy land…

…and the next night, I’m in an unholy land.

What’s going on here?

One morning, I woke from a dream in which I’m walking through the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil (a place I’ve never actually visited):

The architecture is amazing.  The same motif is repeated until it becomes overpowering.  I see white stone arches, plazas with white columns, a white statute of Jesus looking down into an empty pool.

The city is much larger than I’d imagined.  White buildings cluster on the distant hills for as far as the eye can see.

A wonderful dream, yes.  But the next morning, I woke from this scenario:

I’m in New Orleans—actually it’s a combination of New Orleans and Arizona.

I’m taking two guests around town—but we’re visiting the same places that we always visit, so there’s a sense of sameness, of boredom.

We stop at a garish strip club.

As we wait outside, I look at the display of a “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” museum next door.

The display is musty, dingy, filled with disorganized bric-a-brac—including a female mannequin with a “wound” on one buttock.

How can both these dreams be picturing my inner life?  They were only a day apart.

Maybe you can be two places at the same time.

But after taking a long look at the second dream…

…I realized that even in such a place there is soul, there is spiritual life.  Not at the same level as Sao Paulo; nonetheless, it’s there.

This “lowness” occurs when I forget—or rather, ignore—the spirituality inherent in every moment of life.

When I lose this sense of spirituality, life becomes routine, stale, stagnant, ugly, and dry.

I can so easily lose Sao Paulo and descend to New Orleans, Arizona.

It all depends on awareness…

…and maintaining awareness during my waking hours depends, in part, on listening to my dreams.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry


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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