today’s future

conquistador conquest - April 7, 2014d

I know my dreams can take me into the future…

But that’s my own personal future.  What about our future? Can my dreams take me there?

I’m thinking of a dream from two years ago…

In the dream…

The Spanish Conquistadors have finally gained control over everything.

That’s it, that’s the entire dream.  I didn’t recall an image—it was an impression.

I thought about that dream for awhile, but couldn’t connect it to any situation in my life…

I don’t invade, plunder, conquer. I respect other cultures.

But perhaps these Conquistadors are shadow figures—aspects of myself that I’ve suppressed.

Even if that’s so, I doubt they’re going take control of my life, at some point in the future…

I think I have enough self-awareness not to become what I despise.

So then, what’s left? Since the dream doesn’t seem to relate to my own life, could it possibly refer to the world-at-large?

When I consider circumstances in my own country, I can see how the “Conquistadors” might eventually lock everything up…

…even though, like the Spanish explorers of old, they’re vastly outnumbered.

No, I’m not a visionary.  But why wouldn’t I or anyone else dream about the larger issues, from time to time?

After all, dreams reflect our personal concerns…

…and if our concerns for community, country, and planet are felt on a deep personal level, wouldn’t our dreams reflect those concerns, those feelings?

Every night, every individual dreams of his or her future…

…but my future isn’t separate from yours, nor yours from mine…

…so why wouldn’t we also dream of our collective future—our future together?

I guess I’ll see what happens.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton

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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