two whispers and a shout

listening to night - February 6, 2014d

“Some dreams whisper, some dreams shout.”

When I made this observation to an e-pal, I was thinking of three recent dreams…

In the first dream…

I open my email, see a message from this e-pal, and open it up.

It’s short and I understand the message immediately (though it’s now forgotten).

In the second dream…

I receive three new emails. The first is from the e-pal, the other two are from unknown sources. I don’t read any of the messages.

When I told these dreams to my friend, she thought that they might mean that I wasn’t understanding her messages.

I reminded her that I DID understand the first message.

To her credit, she also admitted that she couldn’t really interpret the dreams—they were my dreams, not hers, and only the dreamer can determine what his dream is saying…

However, her interpretation does have validity—in regards to how she feels about our correspondence.

So, ironically, seeking an outside interpretation can be helpful—even though it may be invalid, as far as the dream is concerned.

How did I interpret those two dreams?

Well, I haven’t yet gone into them, and I probably won’t.

Because those two dreams were whispers.  And between them, I experienced a dream that shouted…

So the shouting dream received most of my attention.

That’s not to say I think the “whispering dreams” are unimportant…

They could actually represent a serious problem…

If so, I know they’ll return…

…and perhaps with a shout.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton


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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