Dreamers Dreaming Different Versions of the Same Dream


 

“In dreams we are all geniuses.”

I’ve seen that quote—or some version of it—attributed to a number of persons, including Albert Einstein and Akira Kurosawa.

But to me, it’s not quite accurate.  We all make mistakes in our dreams.  Or, at least, our ego-self does.

I would alter that quote to say instead: in dreams, we have access to that which is genius…

…to an intelligence that can show us what we’re doing wrong.
 

MY DREAMS ARE YOURS, YOUR DREAMS ARE MINE

Frustrated by the limits of my crib…

I try to soothe the wound
with the expansion granted
by nightly dreams—

dreams that are mine alone

yet belong to all of us.

I can understand why such wisdom comes…

but when I ask, “From where?”

the question echoes
without answer
down the tunnel
of a bottomless well.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry

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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