When I dream of being other people
When I am other people in my dreams
It’s usually ominous, augural
Like the time I dreamt I couldn’t walk and found out
The next day that she
Got a diagnosis of ms –
multiple sclerosis – parading, coursing over her nerves and muscles.
A terrifying dream of getting beat up, or threatened,
Was remembered the next afternoon during a telephone chat
waited for a bus
And he started yelling and cursing – warning someone to ‘back off, man!’
My heart was stopped, and panicking
I begged him to get away-
To call for the police.
Or the time
I dreamt of my teeth
Becoming like wood
Peeling and starting to crack like old shutters or window frames
At an old beach cottage
I looked it up in a dream dictionary
And learned that some Hispanic peoples
Consider problematic teeth dreams to indicate
That a loved one is not well
And then that day she
And gashed her head – her ancient and solid head full of nearly all its teeth –
The concussion was making her vomit.
That’s why I was startled when I saw you today.
Kathleen C Cooper October 8, 2013