Monday, 24 September 2012

Mag 136 The Dream

Flying Down, 2006, by David Salle


Thanks go to Tess Kincaid who organises and hosts this meme. To read more Magpies please click here.

The Dream

They say that eating cheese before bedtime causes nightmares. I didn’t eat any cheese last night and I wouldn’t say I had a nightmare but I was glad to wake from a confusing night’s disturbed sleep and discover that my life was normal – ordinary, maybe, but normal.

I don’t usually remember my dreams but this one was particularly vivid, full of movement and colour. One moment I was in the bath, the next I was flying in a small passenger plane with no idea where I was going or why.  I stood up and discovered I was naked from the waist down except for wellington boots. That was embarrassing and I tried to explain it to the pilot, who, meanwhile, had turned into a magician; that was quite fitting as I always think there must be some magic trick to keeping heavy objects in the air. He wasn’t listening to me. He was performing a routine to an audience that was heckling and jeering. So disappointed was he that he disappeared, literally faded as I watched, telling me as he went that he had a fine gift for me and it would be delivered very soon.

As the last vestiges of the pilot/magician evaporated a crane swung towards me. Sure enough it was my gift, but what a gift. Super-sized earrings for my ears, they looked more like missiles but then maybe that’s what I needed to catch the attention of the man of my dreams. Sadly, the object of my amour had been transformed into a dying duck – elegant and beautiful to watch in his plummet to earth. And then, finally, as I struggled to make my voice heard, felt I was strangling, tried to call out, a sneering double-eyed cartoon vortex spun towards me. I feared abuse but the creature, so colourful, so insane, passed me by, my naked butt still on display, and plunged into . . . and then I woke up, heart pounding, glad to be  . . . dull.

19 comments:

  1. Did you have this dream before or after you saw this week's 'art'? Some art i enough to give you nightmares.

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  2. A neat idea to integrate the peculiar elements of Salle's picture into a convincing dream-sequence. Well written.

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  3. Cheese? Really? I'll give it a try...

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  4. Wow. I never would have gotten all that in my writing. That's fab. Love the part about being naked in Welly's. Sounds like fun.

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  5. Wonder what would happen if you actually ate cheese before bed?
    I like this!

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  6. Imaginative and funny! I'm always glad to be normal and dull after a weird, disturbing dream.

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  7. A clever and entertaining response to the prompt this week.

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  8. In my dream last night I was happily sitting in a coble at North Landing Flamborough and watching my husband fixing up a nice little flat bottomed wooden boat. Nearby was a beautiful black and white border collie which I had been petting.
    Sweet dream.

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  9. Quite an amazing dream. I think I will avoid cheese. LOL.

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  10. Never mind life, your Mag was far from dull! LOL

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  11. Hahaha - and stay away from midnight pizza too! :)

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  12. I grew up being told never to eat cheese before you go to bed!

    I hope the wellies were green!

    Wonderful piece of writing - sounds like one of my dreams.

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  13. It really does seem like the artist's bad dream. This is a creative way to interpret the picture. I can attest to the power of cheese before bed, as years ago I experienced my first and only 'night terror'. Suffice it to say it involved a Big Cat of some kind jumping on my prone and helpless form. Steer clear of the Stilton I say.

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  14. I much prefer peanut butter before bed.

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  15. You and I both wrote about the man of her dreams, but my heroine had better luck. Nice to read you again.

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  16. No wonder that the pilot was bewitched after this sexy view of you naked with wellington boots ! I only don't understand why he faded or did he faint because of the view ?

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  17. You scooped up and used the vast majority of the prompt! Entertaining indeed. I couldn't do it!!

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  18. Oh what a dream! Maybe you should have eaten some cheese...

    Anna |:|o]

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