Tag Archives: past

waking up in my sleep

How do I know when I’m awake? According to a recent dream, I can’t be too sure. In the dream… I discover my computer missing… A few moments later, I wake up.  I return to my small computer room and … Continue reading

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The Ever-present Past

  A book on the nature of war may provide us with a clue to the nature of nightmares… In War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, former war correspondent Chris Hedges writes… “I did not sleep well in … Continue reading

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The Present Past

  Not many poets write about their dreams—that is, their nightly dreams. So I took special note when I found this poem in A Book of Luminous Things, edited by Czeslaw Milosz.   EMPIRE OF DREAMS On the first page … Continue reading

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Thank the Ghost

  This would seem to be the right dream for the Halloween season… I’m sitting up in a sunny room, reading to a friend from a big picture book on ghosts. Then abruptly, I find myself lying face down in … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past/Present

  Yet another blast from the past… In the dream… …I call “S” —the therapist I saw thirty-five years ago—on the phone in the middle of the night. When he doesn’t recognize my voice, I don’t identify myself.  Finally, in … Continue reading

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Extraordinarily Ordinary

  What an extraordinary dream! Extraordinary because the scenario seemed so ordinary. In fact, it hardly seemed to be a dream at all.  It simply replayed the memory of an event that took place over 30 years ago. In the … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past

  I’d like to think that I’m not stuck in the past.  I certainly don’t deny my past.  I revisit it occasionally.  But I wouldn’t want to live there. And yet, a dream tells me that I give the past … Continue reading

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