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NUKES

Dreams of fission, fusion, radioactivity, nuclear power, and nuclear bombs.

I have a couple of recurring dream symbols you may have too. It took me years to realize that I dreamed of nuclear war without any correlation to world politics--but there was always a big crisis, or a fear of one, in my own life. If someone I loved was furious with me, that, to my dreams, was as bad as the end of the world!

On the other hand, dreaming of radioactive contamination or fallout from a powerplant meltdown or the like, correlated with something quite different--with HEALTH fallout. Like an allergic reaction to something I ate, or a hangover, or aches from severe overworking, or an illness brought on by stress or lack of sleep. I'm a creature of now, not the future--so scary images of fallout, superficially indetectable, slow, but potentially deadly, were a way my dreams could warn me to link seemingly harmless behavior to its longer-term fallout.

So... if you dream your drink or your burger or your home or lover is radioactive, your dreams may be are saying that it IS. Or might as well be, for you.

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AT A CALIFORNIA CAMP: by Jack Kerouac, spring 1955, a nuclear testing nightmare
My family and I are prisoners in a camp that will be H-bombed so our remains can be studied. I write a Buddhist poem preparing for death...
CAUTION: GOVERNMENT ATROCITY THAT LATER TURNED OUT TO BE... KINDA REAL
BIKE FROM A BOMB: by Wayan; 1981/3/14, a bikemare.
Idiotically, I bet I can escape an atomic bomb on my bike. Maybe if I ignore stoplights...
CAUTION: IRRESPONSIBLE WEAPONS USE
BUCKLEY'S BLOATED BOMB: by Wayan; 1983/11/20, a political nightmare.
I meet William F. Buckley and his beloved pet pig. Only the hog's a live H-Bomb, and the leash is a trigger...
CAUTION: REPULSIVE GUY, REPULSIVE PET, REPULSIVE ISSUE
THE DEER PARTY: by Wayan; 1986/4/10. A magical dream, Chapter 1 of a nine-story series: UNICORN TAG.
A sentient factory shows me a genetic future where the Deer Party agitates for liberty, equality and fertility. Where I learn that I too may not be human...
ELF CIRCLE; 2011/3/19 by Wayan; a complex advisory dream.
After trespassing in a staff-only part of Faerie, I'm cast out. Only I'm cast like a seed, meant to grow a new elf circle...
ESCAPE FROM PBS!: by Wayan; 1992/9/17, a trapped-in-TV nightmare.
I'm trapped in a TV documentary on nuclear war! Better dive through a TV screen and find a safe sitcom...
HYDROGEN INITIATION: by Wayan; 1981/1/6, a shamanic nightmare.
I'm an initiate in a Sung Dynasty monastery. But I have no idea how far the hazing can go...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN: by Wayan; 1992/9/5-6, a diagnostic dream.
I'm in a tribe of post-Crash kids with psychic powers, trying to keep nukes from rising again...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE TOWARD CHILDREN
MY ALIEN ABDUCTION: by Wayan; 1989/4/6, a dream on reserving judgment.
I'm on a forced march, captured by alien mercenaries. But they're nicer than you'd think--it's their human boss...
NEUTRINO EYES: by Wayan; 1983, a poem on dark matters.
ESP is like having neutrino detectors for eyes: what radiates from people's cores blinds you to their surfaces...
NUKING HOOVER: by Wayan; 1997/2/16, a dreamtale about illness.
J. Edgar Hoover, founder of the FBI, stages a coup. Do we accept him as dictator, or nuke Washington?
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
OVERKILL: by Wayan; 640 x 680, 1991. Digital picture-poem-poster.
Now the Evil Empire's dead. We're all safe, safe at last. And all the bombs are gone... right?
STRUCK BY THOUGHT: by Wayan; dreamed 1956-57, 1971/11/26, 1978/12/28, 1982/10/5, and 1983/9/12, a picture-poem experiment: one dream per stanza!
Five short dreams exploring the weight of culture on our animal selves...


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