Thursday, November 17, 2011

Adrift


As happens with dreams,
I’ve lost the part between the peaceful place
where two roads crossed and soft horizon beckoned all around,
and being chased by a whale along sheer cliffs.

When I awoke, I was treading air made wet
by the whale’s breath — saved at four a.m. by the sound
of rain against the window.

I’ve been up reading ever since.

At the crossroads, my youngest son was there.

This house could be a ship.


12 comments:

Bitch said...

I am not a coffee-reader. But I see that as a good dream...

William Michaelian said...

It has felt like a good dream ever since I wrote it down. Before that, when my heart was still pounding, I wasn’t so sure. Thank you, Monika. I hope you’re doing well.

Gerry Boyd said...

perfect and with lots of sneaky language tricks. you are the master.

William Michaelian said...

Ah, nothing gets by you. Thank you, sir.

rahina q.h. said...

this is the kind of dream after which i have to work my few awake brain cells into convincing me that it is only a dream and i'm like a kid afraid of the dark again and i keep wishing for the morning which in turn wakens my remaining brain cells who all go into a panic thinking something must really be wrong... sounds like you, on the other hand, take such stuff in your stride;)

William Michaelian said...

I really do, Rahina. It’s funny, I think of them as visitors, and, in some cases, even as companions.

Geckostone said...

This dream reminds me of one where I was trapped in a room with four white walls that stretched to the sky. I heard breathing in the room and started getting really scared not knowing where it was coming from. I started yelling for help and an eagle flew down into the box and I reached for its talons hoping to get pulled out. Just then I awoke and realized to my delight that the breathing was the sound of my own breath!!!!

William Michaelian said...

Ah, interesting. As I was reading, I thought that might be the case. What can also be disturbing is when you try to yell, but can’t....

Flowflo said...

WONDER - ful William!

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Florian!

RUDHI - Chance said...

SHIP AHOI,CAPTAIN!

William Michaelian said...

Still afloat, Rudhi, and still adrift. Glad to be sailing with you!