In my dreams at least, I think that cold blood is what reptility's all about! Torpid, but tough and enduring. Or a life of instinct, ruled by the reptile brain below all our fancy circuits for logic and social smarts.
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|AFTER THE FLOOD AND THE PIG-EARED BABY ALLIGATOR: by Skiznot; 1994-96, an oracular dream
My hometown floods. I swim after some strange fish and find a scientific community where a scaled baby tells me who I am...
|AIR OASIS: by Wayan; 1984/4/15, a dream of marginality.
Why'd I have to get my big inspiration deep in a lake in the Land of the Lizard People high in the Andes?
|ARENNA, FREED: by Wayan; 1991/11/6, a magical pastlife/flying/freedom dream.
I learn to fly from Arenna the moon-girl and Crest the dragon, in the House of Deep Memory...
|THE ARTIFACT: by Wayan; 1983/1/16. Narrative dream painting.
I was a lizard archeologist, a million years from now. What I dug up threatened my marriage...
|BACKACHE DIALOGUES: by Wayan; 1993/12/10, four bizarre diagnostic dreamlets.
I asked my dreams why my back hurt. They told me: pregnancy, marsupial pouches, snapping turtles...
|BALOLOKONG: by Wayan, 1984/11/13; a Hopi time-travel dream.
The Ice Hotel, where all my selves are sealed. Can we thaw Einstein? Balolokong the Rainsnake says...
|BAND-AIDS: by Bagheera Pardus; c.1985, a lucid re-entered nightmare turned to joy.
Giant snakes chased me, but I went lucid, turned and slew one. As I woke, the snakes were crying. So I re-entered the dream and...
CAUTION: SNAKES, BEHEADING, REHEADING
|BASEBALL NAGA: by Wayan; 1971/7/12, a sexy snake dream.
Our toy train full of nude baseball players went under the park sprinklers, so naturally our shortstop shelters her friend the outfielder snake. But in there? Isn't it just as wet in there?
CAUTION: SCALY SEX
|BELT-SNAKE MYOPIA: by Wayan; 1983/12/25, a dream of innocent sabotage.
A shy woman's belt slowly comes alive, but like most snakes, it has weak eyes. Would glasses help?...
|BIRTH, INITIATION, INDIVIDUATION: by Anonymous #6; summer 2007?, a dream of ascent to a new level
I swim the flooded tunnels and pass the crocodiles to enter the house of mystics... but now what?
|BLEEDING HEART, the SELF-HEALING CORPSE, and IN THE FUTURE DESERT: by Wayan; 2002/5/29 - 2004/7, a diagnostic, predictive dream-series; Bleeding Heart as comix
A tree-girl moves to Hollywood to make film deals, but jealousy stabs her...
CAUTION: BLOODY ASSAULT, GAY DRYADS, MUTANT NUDITY
|BRICK AND SKIN: by Wayan; 1988/10/18, a dream of spiritual stretching.
I'm analog myself, but in Tibet, I meet a digital shaman whose body's a sort of ...
|CAT-SNAKE: by Wayan; 1993/3/6, a short dream fable.
I glue cat-legs on my snaky friend, despite the warnings of Christians who don't like snakes evolving...
|CROC BOY: by Wayan; 2008/8/17, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #7.
I visit a witch-smeller, who judges apprentice shamans. But when a boy dreams he's a crocodile, watch out!
|CROCODILE DREAM: by Ellen Frank; 2015/10/5, a nightmare-poem on recklessness
Closer I edge to admire their scales, the glint of their teeth, and shape of their tails. They cast a strong spell--I can't hold back...
|CROCODILE KING: by Christina Rossetti; 1855, a mysterious dream-poem.
On the Euphrates, one crocodile eats all his kin, bloating monstrously. But when a winged ship appears, he feigns remorse...
|DREAMKU, JUNE 2006: by Roswila; various dates up to June 2006; thirty dream-haiku
Daily dream-poems in haiku style, nonstop for a month. A flood of animals, revenant ghosts, sex changes...
|EMBER IN THE BRAIN: by Wayan; 1983/3/31, a dreamtale on anger.
I'm the Incredible Hulk, forced to do emergency brain surgery. And the patient's burning from within...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE AND UNLICENSED MEDICINE
|ENJOY LIFE: by Wayan; 1988; digital painting based on 1983/8/24 dream
This image is senseless, but I have an excuse: I was watching TV in my dreams. TV on another world...
|THE ERTHEDNI: by Wayan, 1977/1/8, three transformation dreams, the last with advice
1: I'm starving in a lush valley; a cult claims all the food, the water, even the air.
2: I'm drowning in a cage but find a corner with water I can breathe--just barely.
3: I'm a merman with a wise friend who hints I need to leave those who starve & drown me...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC BATTERING (OFFSTAGE)
|FAIRE DINOSAUR: by Wayan; 1981/5/5. A dream of forbidden love.
I fall in love with a sexy T. Rex at the Renaissance Faire. Then things get weird...
CAUTION: DINO ABUSE
|FISH INTO SNAKE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1994/11/4; a dream painting
I'm talking to a friend while waiting in line, when a huge fish appears. It turns into an equally huge snake...
|GHOST GATOR: by Wayan; 1984/10/9, a lip-reading dream.
A child from another universe materializes--part way. Too bad we called in that expert from Stanford...
|HARD DISK POND: by Wayan; 1989/8/27, a dream of art as a door.
We build a huge hard disk that's a virtual pond--a gate to other worlds! But not for reptile brains...
|HEADEGG (Black-Eyed Bird of Pain): by Wayan; 1983/10/24; acrylic painting of a headache-trance.
I was cartooning with a headache. It took over and started drawing for me...
|I GOT OUT: by Wayan; 1992/1/4, a psychic dream; 9-page comic, 500K.
I flee our love triangle when Abe turns mean. He's telepathic, but I have a plan: the goldfish, the snakepit, the caves...
CAUTION: THREESOME, SNAKES, MOTORCYCLE FATALITY
|IN WATSONVILLE CALIFORNIA: by Jack Kerouac, early Nov. 1953, a surreal dream warning about mooches
Flying green snakes swarm over Elkhorn Marsh. But my mom says "They're just cockroaches"---she's not fooled by my... friends?
|KLIMT'S GIRL FRIENDS: by Wayan; 1998/7/4, a short art rant
Klimt did a deep portrait of a lesbian couple back when most folks hardly saw gays as human...
|LET THERE BE LIGHT by Nancy Price; 1948, a nightmare of helplessness
Snakebite! I'm hooked to a health-monitor. If a red light comes on, I'm doomed. But voices start whispering...
|LIZ: by Wayan; 1989, digital painting of a daydream.
I'm not sure just where she slithered out from, but she looks like more fun than most mammals...
CAUTION: LIZARD BREAST
|LIZARD HUSBAND: by Xanthe, 1990/8/30; a nightmare marriage.
I visit the underworld court of the Lizard King, but I canít leave: he makes me Queen...
CAUTION: MARITAL RAPE (NON-GRAPHIC)
|THE LIZARD LESSON: by Wayan; 1996/12/12, a hard-hittin' shamanic dream.
I'm a shaman in Nunavut who shows a rubber lizard and his foxy niece that reparations have limits...
|LONG ROAD TO HEAVEN: by Edwin Muir; 1920, an epic hypnogogic shamanic initiation
Creatures in the primal sea touch my third eye, dragons cry their eyes out, I fight the Sphinx, and arrive at last in...
|THE MAN WITH THE SNAKE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2002/9/3, dream of an aborted shamanic duel
I stood in the desert preparing for a contest with a man and his snake. But he cheated! Then my cat Lulu intervened...
|MOM THE ALIEN: by Wayan; 1981; a nightmare on family
Many kids have nightmares that their parents AREN'T their real parents. I dreamed my parents ATE my real parents...
CAUTION: HUNGRY MONSTERS
|MOON AND FIRE RISING: by Jenny Badger Sultan; main dream before 1994/3/10 (with other dream images, one from 1969)
A fierce dragonlady showed me a cache of art. When I painted her face I recalled seeing it in a dream decades ago--in the mirror...
CAUTION: DRAGON BREASTS
|THE MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE THEORY: by Wayan; 1996/11/6, a dream on synergism.
A girl and two snakes are clever but murderous. Yet, apart, they're not mean at all! Not sin--synergy...
|NEWT WEDDING: by Emily Joy; spring 1995, 100k, a six-year-old's epic dream
Through wild jungles and over the Mattress Mountains, I lead a giant purple newt to love...
|ONE FRUIT REMAINS UNEATEN: by Catshall; November 1983, a journal dotted with dreams
My day life as an artist and explorer of the San Francisco underground scene gets commented on regularly by my dreamlife...
CAUTION: SEX, BONDAGE
|OPHIDIOPHOBIA: by Wayan; 1986/2/12, a dream on race and religion.
I'm a therapist with a client diagnosed paranoid--but are his doctors racist? He's not just black, but scaly...
|THE PIRATE TWINS: by Wayan; 1996/7/25, a dreamtale on intrigue.
I love the Twins. They love intrigue. So when a hired crocodile sabotages our Egyptian treasure-hunt...
CAUTION: BAD GIRLS
|PLESIOSAUR: by Wayan; 1985/9/5, a medical dream.
An itchy patient of mine insists he's turning into a four-headed man-eating plesiosaur. He left one thing out...
|QUEEN COBRA: by Wayan; 640 x 480. Digital painting of a 1987/1/15 dream.
I asked "I'm still scared to date anyone. Why? What's my next step?" That night, I was answered...
CAUTION: SEXUAL IMPLICATIONS
|RACCOON MOON: by Wayan; 1993/11/22; a short psychic dream.
A precognitive dream about levitating snake girls, raccoons, and lunar eclipses.
CAUTION: MY SNAKE BREASTS
|RATTLER BANQUET: by Wayan; 1993/1/29, a farcical nightmare poem.
My parents invite me to dinner, but my mom chases a rattlesnake up my leg. Then I wake to find two holes in my...
|RATTLER BY THE CONTROLS: by Wayan; 1978/10/19, an anti-phallic-symbol dream.
I dreamed I was riding a huge toy train, and a gigantic rattlesnake was at the controls...
|SAURIANS: by Wayan; 155K, 1992, 4 digital dream portraits.
In dreams, I kept meeting a dinosaurian person who was proud, strange, beautiful. S/he introduced me to two sisters I just had to paint...
|SAURIAN CITY: by Wayan; 1996/12/1, a dream snapshot.
I visit a world of dinosaurs who fly small planes and live in glowing tree-cities...
|SEPTIC: by Steve (age 6), before 1961, a recurring predictive nightmare
For three weeks he wakened nearly every night, screaming in fright; he said he "fell in a hole." Then, one snowy day...
|SERRANA: by Wayan; 2MB, Oct-Dec 2004, a sculpture/webtour with 60 maps, photos and sketches
A dry little world with many small seas, Serrana has at least six intelligent species and an anarchist culture. It's a tribute to Ursula Le Guin's anarchist utopia, "The Dispossessed", and Kropotkin's theories of biological cooperation...
CAUTION: ANARCHIST POLITICS, ALIEN NUDITY
|THE SKIN SECEDES: by Wayan; 1990/1/30, an unappetizing dream.
A baby's own skin secedes, forming a snake. It prepares to eat the skinned baby. Shall I intervene?
|SLOW PARK FIX: by Wayan; 1996/9/24, a diagnostic dreamtale.
Infected glass-cuts scar the vegan alligators in the park. As part of a cleanup, I'm told to EAT one...
|SNAKE APOLOGY: by Wayan; 1972/6/24 or 25, a dream of a clever solution to a communication problem
I'm a snake person being hunted by the FBI. I can understand human language, but I can only hiss. Still, I find an indirect way to propose negotiations...
|SNAKE COIL: by Wayan; 2000/11/1-14, dream-sculpture.
I tried to be like my classmates--use tools, control what I made. But I couldn't. It came alive, and...
|SNAKEMATE: Wayan; 1983/8/5, pencil, then ink, digital tint/shade. Nondream vision
Just a couple of soulmate snakes, entwined so totally I envied them...
|SNAKE PACKAGE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/5/27
I am given a dehydrated package of dried snake to insert in my vagina. Inside it will unfold and come to life...
CAUTION: KIDS, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!
|SNAKE POD TREE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1989/3/16, painting of a vivid dream image
In a desert, I find a tree with red purselike pods. But they all seem empty, and I know they should each contain a vivid yellow snake...
|A SNAKE PROMPT: by Rebecca Solnit; before 2005, a brief but effective warning to pay attention
I remembered what I'd dreamed of the night before, a snake, and as I said the word to myself, I looked down and saw my right foot was poised to come down on...
|SNAKE TREE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1989/10/31, dream painting reimagining Eden
A woman up a tree has white flaky stuff camouflaging her. It cracks and peels like snakeskin. What tree is this, exactly?
|SNAKES AND CENTIPEDES: by Russ Thornton; 2008/11/1, a shared/telepathic dream.
Two snakes fight as centipedes emerge from under rocks. I tell my best friend. Next day her co-worker tells her the same dream...
|SPLASH!: by Wayan; acrylic, 12" triangle, late 2002; dream painting.
While I study how humans went extinct, my daughter happily splashes in the sea...
|THE STONE THROWER: daydream by Wayan; c. 1990
In a stadium somewhere, watching a game where a slender reptilian man pitched rocks...
|STUCK SNAKE: by Wayan; 2011/9/8; a set of dreams that out-Freud Freud
Girls flash and strip and crawl into bed with me, but I'm blind to their agenda--till I become a snakeboy and discover the real limitations of phallic symbolism...
CAUTION: NUDITY, STUPIDITY
|THE STYGIAN SENTINELS: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); 1970s, a recurring astral dream.
The couple guarding the bridge over the River Styx, the Crocodile King and the Geisha Queen, rarely seemed to agree...
|SUNLIGHT'S THE CURE: by Wayan; 1990/12/29, a dreamtale.
I find the cure for an alien plague, then visit the world it came from, to find it has a curious variant...
CAUTION: SEX CUSTOMS OF THE NEWT PEOPLE! MY COUSIN'S GAY WEDDING!
|TAROT: (THE CHARISMATIC) LIZARD: by Wayan; 29K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of driven leaders. It's so refreshing to hear someone honest and passionate. Right? Well...
|TIME IS A CROC: by Wayan; 80K total, 1993/3/29, a dream on time.
Golfing in the basement! But the ball lands in another world, where the water hazards are hazards...
|TO THE SNAKE: by Denise Levertov; 1959?; a short dream-poem
I loved the feel of the green snake, and reassured my friends it wasn't poisonous, but really...
|TRIBUTE TO JOAN MIRO: by Wayan; 1984/2000. Erasable crayon, 14 x 17", nondream
Nearly abstract but not quite. The snake, the quill pen, the secretary bird, and the rose.
|TURTLE HARANGUE: by Wayan; 1997/1/29, a warning dream.
A man mocks the turtle he caught, calling it "inept"--what's an adept turtle, then? I distract the guy while the turtle tiptoes...
|UNDER THEIR MASKS: by Wayan; 2000/3/17, an ecdysiastic dream
Masked champions of Good and Evil fight, peeling off layers till they're elven-thin--what's left to hide?...
|THE WHITE SNAKE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1998/4/1, a dream painting
As I prepared for trip to Malta to see ancient sites, I dream I'm on a hike and discover a gigantic white snake. It feels like a good omen...
|WHO, ME?: by Wayan; 2002. Acrylic of dream figure.
Some shy folks don't even know they're dragons....
|WHY COWGIRLS LOVE BROCCOLI: by Wayan; 1987/8/19, a surreal dream of love.
I'm a cowgirl in Nevada circa 1900. Below Haunted Mansion, I meet a green lizard-lady in distress...
|WILL I BE BITTEN?: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/3/15; a predictive dreampainting from the Box of Dreams
A friend who's struggled with lymphoma invites me to sleep in a cave, but I worry I'll be bitten by a rattlesnake...
|WINGED BOOBY SNAKE: by Brian Harp; 2005, a dream character
A winged serpentine beast from my dreamscape...
CAUTION: SNAKE BREASTS
|THE WORM: by Emily Dickinson, mid-1870s?, a nightmare-poem
Emily Dickinson ties up a worm she mistrusts. Bad move! It grows into a talking snake with a score to settle...
|WYVERN: by Wayan; 1997, 22" ceramic sculpture; recurring dream figure.
I dreamed of a dragon-woman on a reef. She was my guardian, but she let me drown! She had her reasons...
CAUTION: SCALY NUDITY
|ZEMMYO: by Myoe Shonin; c.1221/4/20, a spiritual Pygmalion dream.
A doll sent from China breaks into tears over her exile here in Japan. I reassure her and she becomes real...
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