I remember to remember

going going gone - September 27, 2015d

I broke the record.  I have a new personal best.

I’ve remembered and recorded a dream for twenty-five straight nights.  My previous record was nineteen, set two years ago.

But to be honest, before the streak, my dream recall had been poor to middling.  The change came when I resolved to catch those dreams that slipped away so easily.  I’d put in a little more effort.

Now, when I first wake, I stop my mind before it starts running around like a waltzing mouse.  In the stillness, maybe there’ll be a lingering wisp of a dream.  Maybe that wisp will lead me to something more substantial…

But if not, I still have the wisp, and even from that thin thread, I might learn plenty.

Or perhaps that wisp was the entire dream.  Some of my recent dreams either have vague imagery or no imagery at all.  Perhaps I forgot the pictures.  But who says a dream must always be seen?

Okay, so I’m more resolved.  But there’s another factor involved in my current streak.  I’m getting a little more sleep these nights.  The longest period of REM (dream) sleep occurs at the end of our sleep cycle.  So, if I only sleep five hours, instead of seven, I cut off a good chunk of my dream time.

I’d like to end with quote from a baseball great who knew a few streaks of his own…

…a man whose logic was that of a crazy, beautiful dream:

“If I didn’t wake up, I’d still be sleeping.”
              — Yogi Berra

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
Open All Night: the book

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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