Rest In Peace?

dream pete - May 20, 2013d

Was the dream actually a visit from the dead?

Did my friend talk to someone from “the other side”?

In the dream…

She meets with “PJ” (a mutual friend) in a wooded park and they talk for a short while.

All during their conversation, PJ radiates a feeling of total peace.

When my friend related this dream, I nearly fell off my chair…

The PJ I knew was anything but peaceful…

In fact, he was one of the angriest people I’ve ever known.

Had death transformed PJ into a wise man?

Well, PJ did give us flashes of that other self, from time to time.  Beneath the anger, there was that man of peace.

So perhaps the peaceful PJ of the dream symbolized a hidden potential.

Nonetheless, I won’t rule out the possibility that my friend did meet PJ.  I refuse to put limits on dreams, when we still know so little.

Besides, it’s her dream not mine.  She gets to decide what the dream means—no one else.

As for my own dreams…

…on two occasions, I’ve met deceased friends.  Afterwards, I considered those dreams from all angles—I want the maximum benefit from any dream…

Maybe I have encountered the spirit of a lost friend.  In any case, I experienced that spirit.  In the moment, the encounter was real—as real as any waking experience…

So in that sense, at least, there’s a reality to such meetings.

© 2013, Michael R. Patton
picturing metaphor


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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