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Impossible

I dream I am playing the guitar. The music, oh, the music.

I dream I am playing basketball, dunking the ball, mocking physics.

I dream I am fishing. The fish I catch are mutants, monsters.

I awaken and open my guitar case. I cannot remember how to play a single chord.

I awaken and step gingerly away from my bed, favoring a basketball-deflating knee.

I awaken and realize – again – the fishing dreams are a metaphor, yet a mystery.

I awaken and wonder why I dream so often of impossible feats.

Perhaps it’s because in my sleep I do not know they are impossible.

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tanadariel
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Very nice. You say a lot in 8 lines.
patrick_vecchio
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting, Danielle. This was one of those "sit down and try to write and see what happens" things.
nodressrehersal
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's soul nurturing and strengthening, to know those joys while at rest, giving you energy to seek out other, different joys while awake.
patrick_vecchio
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that. You've got to take joy wherever you can find it ...
nodressrehersal
Mar. 24th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
And hey, happy birthday, one day late.
patrick_vecchio
Mar. 25th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Just so you know, I was notbeing overly kind in my remarks about your post. I think I'm pretty good at separating the writer from the writing. As I sat reading your post, I had my hand over my mouth in that "oh my God" sort of way – and as I said, I already knew the particulars.

That was as honest and unflinching an essay as I've read in a long time. I hope writing it in some way compensated you for the price you no doubt paid to open yourself up like that.

Thanks for the birthday wishes. I didn't bathe, didn't shave, didn't floss, and took a long nap. That's as good as it gets anymore.
cwmackowski
Mar. 25th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
I dream I am dreaming...which becomes a nightmare about being back on the radio again. I like your dreams better.
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