Wednesday, January 18, 2012

a world she has no language for

a dream in which:

•i ask a large group of teenagers in my backyard, very nicely, not to hold an enormous wood chipper over the compost while other teenagers are inserting things (a baseball bat, a lawn chair) into it.
•i go inside only to discover that the guinea pig's cage is open and minnow is standing in front of it, swallowing. i begin to shriek, "april ate minnow!"
•i go back to the mysterious, dark, teenager-filled back yard and find isaac, who is literally like nine feet tall, and i sob, "april ate minnow." he pats me on the head very sweetly.



my dream about time, lucille clifton


6 comments:

Melissa Crowe said...

April?

liz woodbury said...

she's the guinea pig. so really, in the dream, minnow ate april, but the words kept coming out wrong.

mama d said...

I think maybe you should record all your dreams and then write a book, because they're way, way better than the average dream! I'm glad that April didn't really eat Minnow--no need for any sad rodent stories....

liz woodbury said...

strangely, mark had a dream simultaneously that minnow ate a leg off of a mouse. i will give you some tips for having excellent dreams if you like, mama d!

joanna said...

what are the tips for having excellent dreams?? i actually had vivid dreams the last three nights. i also re-read a dream journal i've been keeping for a few years, which seemed to reinforce the idea that i should have vivid dreams. that is MY tip, i guess.

liz woodbury said...

actually, my number one tip is to keep a dream journal, and immediately write down anything at all you remember from the previous night/nap's dreams. i've found that if i do this regularly, i remember more and more.

but also, i have the most weird and memorable dreams (or else i just actually remember them) during the day when i take a nap. this works especially well if i'm really tired and i don't set an alarm (i always wake up within an hour or so). my theory is that i get through one sleep cycle and wake up immediately when the dream is over, and fresh.