In the Dark


It’s dark.  So dark that I can’t see.  And yet…

…this dream scenario doesn’t trouble me…at least, not too much.

In the dream…

I’m back in the city where I began college, so many years ago.

It’s night.  There’s a sense of activity, as if this is the eve of a major event, such as a big football game.

I’m bicycling along the main drag.  Then I take a right, go through a gate, and up a curving road with a slight incline.

I can hardly see a thing here.  The uncertainty is a little scary—and frustrating.

I sense that this road won’t take me where I want to go.  So I turn back.

Now the metal gate is shut.

But someone unseen opens a door in the middle of the gate for me.

So I’m traveling blind.  The meaning of the symbol is obvious.

But when am I not blind—at least, partially?

Only rarely does the world seem to come into bright clarity.  But even at such times, I know that there’s so much I still can’t see.

However, this dream tells me that I have an extra sense.  When the road seems so dark, this intuitive sense can guide me.

Yes, the darkness is frustrating, is a little frightening…

But to be honest, it also adds mystery to this scene.

In any case, I shouldn’t forget the other positives of this dream…

There’s the excitement of a big event.  Also, that enigmatic gate figure.  Apparently, someone’s looking out for me.

Maybe that figure just represents an aspect of myself.  Well then, some unknown part of me is looking out for my best interests.

© 2012, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology


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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