Thursday, March 8, 2012

Escorted Through Sleep By My Muses

I walk into the room and set down my bag. The room is dim and foggy, as yet unformed. The only tangible things are my overnight bag and my sense of dread. I am at a retreat of some kind. Like summer camp for adults. Excruciating sharing and splashing in the pool, small talk with strangers around a fire and someone will surely weep openly over an ancient wound before the weekend is done. I sense networking. The very word crawls up under my skin like an invasive weed and drains my energy. I want to be alone.

 I look around the room. My subconscious has done well. Thick carpets of Central Asian origin, a window seat without a window, piled with pillows. Inviting and safe, like a nest. The bed is a dense thicket of silk, velvet, fresh cotton sheets, more pillows. All of it - the carpets, the pillows, the blankets, the walls - is done in the rich jewel and earth tones I prefer. There is an empty desk - simple, small, of dark wood. I am comfortable here.

The dread starts to abate and I turn to grab my bag and find some clothes. My trickster mind has hidden my bag and replaced it with a closet. Resigned, I know I will find my clothes there. The closet is filled with negligees, all of them white. They are beautiful, tasteful, thrilling, revealing. My thought is not: I can't go out dressed like that, but instead: I will have to shave in order to go out dressed like that. I hate to shave, but I need to wear those dresses. I want to wear those dresses. They will make me beautiful.

 A basin appears on the desk, rich shaving lotion and a good, sharp razor. I'm naked now, perched on the edge of the desk, carefully shaving my legs. There is a pounding at the door and I'm gripped with doubt. Am I late for an activity? Is it a welcoming committee? Is it a roommate? Go away, I silently tell the pounding and go back to my legs.

The door bursts open and there are three. A jostling crew of burly men. Handlebar mustaches, large piercings, covered in beautiful tattoos. They don't frighten me. They amuse me and I bid them come in. They are playful and large and they fill the room. They touch everything and exclaim. They bounce on the bed and toss pillows at each other. They pull the nighties out of the closet and say it's time to get dressed. Not yet, I tell them, I'm not ready. They pick me up and toss me back and forth between each other like a game of keep-away - naked and soapy, half-shaven legs. Stop it guys, I tell them, I'm trying to do the tricky part behind my knee. They only laugh and toss me some more.

Somehow I have managed to finish shaving and get dressed. My new clothes glow white against the darker tone of everything else in the room. They are slippery and cool against my skin. They fit perfectly, but feel foreign on me. Too beautiful, like an impostor. My burly men laugh through absurd facial hair and assure me it is really time to go. One on either side, one in front - my entourage. My sidekicks each offer me an arm. I look down to take them and realize their tattoos are words. Thousands and thousands of words. I am excited, I am relieved. I look toward the open door and I wake up.

20 comments:

  1. Your dream was much better than mine. I received a grilling apron from my online friend Claudia from Washington state, but it was more of a too tight dress, and as I tried to put it on I got stuck, and horribly claustrophobic IN my dream! Even waking up didn't help completely, I actually had to get out of bed and go do something, and something turned out to be laundry, terrible!

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    1. That sounds dreadful. I am very claustrophobic about such things.

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  2. I wish I dreamed like that! Or that I could write them like that.

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    1. Everyone dreams like that, I believe. The trick is remembering them.

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  3. Cool dream written brilliantly well!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

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  4. Beautifully written. Powerful calling to get some writing done here, despite your fears and hesitations. The words want you to trust them and deep down, you do. They will help you overcome your fears of being exposed. But I bet you'd realized all that. Sorry, dream interpretation is my parlor trick :)

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    1. I know, I know. I should listen to myself, eh?

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  5. Well dreamed and written. I would also despise a weekend constructed that way, full of obligatory events and human stumbling blocks.

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    1. Thank you! I know those kinds of weekends are great for some people, but truly terrifying to me.

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  7. How fun! I rarely remember my dreams, unless they are nightmares. It would be lovely to remember the details as you do and pick them apart for meaning:)

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    1. Years of intentional practice. That and my kids are finally old enough that I can sleep long enough to even dream.

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  8. I think some dreams are worthy of "Part 2" - - like yours!

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    1. I'll keep you posted if they should return to me.

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  9. I love that you take the inspiration provided by your muses and spread it around a little. Thanks! :)

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    1. You're welcome. I'm not at all sure how helpful my muses are to other people - they are a raggedy, motley team.

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  10. I just want to know if you also have a tricky part by your ankle bone like I do. I peel the damn thing at least twice a year.

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