an open secret

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Generally speaking, I don’t believe dreams serve as wish-fulfillments…as Freud insisted…

However, two recent dreams might be the exception.

Consider the first dream….

I wake in the middle of the night and discover I left the overhead door for the garage up…

Then I find the computer missing.  It was stolen because I left the door up.

In the second dream…

I wake in the middle of the night.  To my shock, the TV’s gone.

I check the garage—the overhead door is up.  Fortunately, the computer still sits in its little room.

These dreams are not to be taken literally—I pull the garage door down every single night.

So then, why am I being so careless in my dreams?

As a writer, I rely on my computer in many different ways.  Without that computer, I can‘t post to this blog!

But maybe I want to do other things, at this time.  Non-computer things.

So, I have a conflict going: I don’t want to lose the computer…I want to lose the computer.

As for the TV…

Certainly I can live without television!  But no—the TV represents more than television: it represents the taking in of information from a variety of sources—for example, books…

I know I need to take in information, but perhaps, I secretly want a break.

So how do I resolve these two dilemmas?

Well, there’s a time for the garage door to be open: that’s at dawn.  So maybe I’m jumping the gun—I’m itching to move on.

Dawn will arrive on schedule…

…and when it does, I need to realize that though I must temporarily give up some things, I will also gain…

After all, in the first dream, I found a big computer printer in place of the computer…

And in the second dream, though the big TV is gone, a little TV has been put in its place.

© 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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