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Truth and Lies

Dreams of truth and lying--and their consequences. I've learned from painful experience that dreamwork itself doesn't progress very far if you lie much. If you're in an intolerable situation--a job that requires you to lie, or a relationship so dangerous you feel you must--do your best to leave, and soon. It's slow poison--as toxic as many hard drugs, and I do mean physically, not just in some mystical sense. If you can't tell the truth and can't escape, the next best tactic is silence. And silent planning to get out.

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ALBATROSS LOVE: by Havelock Ellis; c. 1880?, a dream of unrequited love
An albatross with beautiful eyes transformed into a woman. But her nose remained a beak! She asked me...
AN ALICORN BLADE IN THE HEART: by Wayan; 2010/12/18; a dream of a lucid flash--and that's all it takes
A witch and I duel with blades carved of spiral horn. But we're both out to create an utterly truthful oracle. Isn't there a better way?
THE ANGEL: by William Blake; early 1790s; a gender-bending dream-poem
Blake dreams he's a young queen with an uneasy relationship to her guardian angel...
ANNABEL ROSE: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/14, a ghostbusting dream on... love? sex? what?
Edgar Allen Poe confronts his dead girlfriend, who wants to drag him into the grave with her...
CAUTION: HUNGRY GHOST, SEX TALK
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
ATTAHUAH: by Jamie Sawyer; summer 2015, a postapocalyptic lucid dream of vengeance
Four guys plot to enslave my girl and kill me; I have lucid powers, and kill them instead. My girlfriend Attahuah gets poisoned, but...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, DECEIT
BAT AND UMBRELLA: by David Small; c. March 1, 1960, a 14-year-old's nightmare exposing parental neglect/abuse
I'm an orphaned bat staggering down an alley in a storm. I spot an old umbrella and mistake its ribs and flaps for... my Mom! I unfold Mom, and find...
CAUTION: LIFE-THREATENING CHILD NEGLECT
BIGAMIST: by a Carolina waitress; 1945, a telepathic dream
A sad, frail, very pregnant woman with dark brown hair told me she was my boyfriend's wife. The next day...
BILLIE: by Billie's Mom; 1945/1/20, a psychic warning dream
My son Billie, his Navy uniform soaking wet, cried "Oh, Mom--it's so terrible!" and shrank into a baby again as I held him...
CAUTION: EXPLOSION
BONES DON'T LIE: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/13, a gruesome nightmare on guilt.
I know I'm a murderer; what isn't so clear is what I killed and why...
CAUTION: DISMEMBERMENT, GUILT, DREAD
BUT I WANT TO LIVE!: by Wayan; 1995/8/5, a life-altering dream.
My job's to clarify people's deepest wishes. But when I meet two women who truly want to die...
CAUTION: SUICIDAL IMPULSES
BUT SUCH DIFFERENT FRAUDS!: by Wayan; 1996/11/4, a moral dream.
A woman who posed as a Starfleet officer discovers other frauds on board. She blows the whistle on them...
BYE-BYE, OLD FILM!: by Wayan; 1981/1/24, a psychic dream, with a 2015/5/22 follow-up.
My friends destroy all my old films and give me a 'new' one--but it's from 1900! Then I wake to find...
CALPURNIA'S DREAM: by Calpurnia, wife of Caesar; 44BC/3/14, a warning.
The night before Julius Caesar's assassination, his wife dreamed of his death and tried to warn him, but politics...
CLAY BEHEADER: by Wayan; 1983/7/28, a nightmare offer.
A woman's stalked by a clay monster that eats heads. But it has a proposition for both of us...
CAUTION: CANNIBAL MONSTER
THE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR: by Wayan; 1995/8/8, a dream on body image.
It's the Vietnam era; my draft board tolerates only a secret quota of COs. I decide not to tolerate THEM...
THE CORE ISSUE: by Wayan; 1992/6/25, a dream from multiple viewpoints
The tale of a gray heart trying to heal leads to unicorn-hostage drama in the Transamerica Pyramid...
CAUTION: SEX, MAFIA THREATS, VIOLENCE
CRIMECON 90: by Wayan; 1990/3/27, a dream about capitalism.
I did what I love. The money didn't follow. So now I have to guard a crimeboss at a theft convention...
CAUTION: INEVITABLE CHEKHOVIAN SHOOTOUT
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...
A CROOKED BAND: by Wayan; 1996/8/21, a dream of chutzpah.
A spinoff band sues the original group for playing their own songs and using their own name...
CYCLES AGO: dream by Maud Gonne, poem by WB Yeats; late July 1891, a dream-poem on reincarnation.
We were as if brother and sister of old in the desert land; they sold us in slavery together before this life had begun...
DAD SMASHES COPCAR: by Wayan, 1977/5/26, a warning dream physically enforced the next day
My dad drives recklessly, hits a copcar hard, smashing our front end. I wake knowing it says "Kay's a batterer. Leave her or I'LL be smashed." Later that day...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE, BATTERING ISSUES
DATIN' DEMON: by Mark Varitz and Wayan; 1989/12/3; Mark's dream triggers one by Wayan.
I meet my personal demon, and discover it has a personal demon: me! Am I worse than my Shadow?
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, NUDE MONSTERS
DIAGNOSTIC BATTERY: by Wayan; 1988/4/20, a nightmare of backstabbing that came true
My sister & her new guru tests me psychologically--only it looks like a test to destruction...
CAUTION: EMOTIONAL CRUELTY
DOCTOR WHO AND DEATH: by Wayan; 1984/6/30, a hopeful dream of betrayal.
Dr Who, that BBC perennial, allies with Death. An alarming turn-around! What's he up to?
CAUTION: NICE ALIEN GOES BAD?
DOG BITES CAT: by Wayan; 2015/2/17; a grating dream-poem
I get bullied into dogwalking, but he's a vicious mutt--leaves a cat bloody. You'd think a talking dog would listen. But Cheney...
DON'T GET UPSET: by Wayan; 1996/4/10; a warning-nightmare comic (small screen, slow loading? Illus. text)
A mob of kids chases me chanting "Lyin' Wayan!" I get dizzy and fall off a bridge and wake. Then comes the REAL trouble!
CAUTION: FATAL FALL
DREAMS IN WAR TIME: by Amy Lowell; c. 1917, a chain of seven small dream-poems
Terse dreamlets quietly catch World War I's effect on civilians far behind the front. Who died in the trenches? Faith...
EAR TO THE, UH, WALL: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/10/10
Granny's magic nipple helps me foil the yuppies dumping toxic waste. But does it count if I did it just to save my own...
CAUTION: LOWLIFE LANGUAGE
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
EXPLORATION OF TAROT IMAGES IN A DREAM: by Roswila, 1998; an analytical numerate dream
Tarot cards fuse and meanings layer, to warn me I've similarly (con)fused real and trance-induced memories during therapy...
CAUTION: ABUSE ISSUES
FALSE ALARM: by Wayan; 1996/5/23, a nightmare I lived as a kid.
In school, I'm seen as a freak--lied to, set up for little pranks. Not just by my classmates--my teachers...
FEMINIST GUNNERY CLASS: by Wayan, 1977/5/27, a clear warning dream I was just guilty to act on
I hid from my batterer Kay that day. That night, I dreamed I was the only man in a feminist gunnery class, learning to defend myself...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC BATTERING
FIREBOWL: by Wayan; 2013/9/14; a diagnostic/climatological/futurological dream
I'm at a huge Native American powwow on climate change in the prairie states. They could become not a new dustbowl, but a firebowl! As I wake wondering about the fire hazard I find I'm running a fever! And the dream hints what caused it...
FLY WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE: by Wayan; 1998/8/31, a dream of flight and lies.
My recent attitude changes are so big, I can fly now. Yet I hide them, lie to my family... why?
A FOUNTAIN IN THE ARMENIANS: by Pauline Ramsey; early July 2006, a clairvoyant dream?
I spoke a proverb Id never heard of when I woke. So I Googled it, and found it had meaning--dark meaning...
CAUTION: TURKISH JINGOISTS WILL NOT LIKE THIS DREAM
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...
GIRL IN THE WATER: by Wayan, 2000/10/7, twin dreams on... dreamwork?
In a California where the Gold Rush never happened, a girl rides a wild deer over the San Fernando hills to a secret dream-pool...
Then, in a Japantown hotel lobby, that girl floats in a giant aquarium, meditating serene, as local gossips whisper lies about her...
THE GOLDEN PAW: by Wayan; 2009/4/12, a dream on speaking up
An Oxford teaching assistant sexually blackmails one of his law students, but to his shock she goes public...
GOSHEN: by Percy Konqobe; 1940s-1960s?, a lifelong recurring psychic dream
I hear voices: "The road to success is in Kafkat, in a place called Goshen." I look back, and see seven male shadows...
GREEN RAY, BLUE WINGS: by Wayan, 1974/7/14, a joyful apocalyptic dream
High in the Sierra during a thunderstorm, I dream aliens steal the gold, and the sun's going nova. But Life wants us to conquer space, so we all grow wings...
GUARDIAN GHOST: by an Oklahoma girl; 1919, a dream (?) of ghostly advice
I dreamed my late stepdad warned me to stand by my mother--she'd be in trouble and people would gossip and blame her...
HERE COMES A CHOPPER: by Wayan; 1983/6/20, an absurd nightmare on families and denial
The helicopter over our family home dipped too low. CRASH! Burning rotors in the living room. I call 9-1-1, but the pilot scolds me! "Calling over a little explosion like this!"...
HOMEBOUND: by Sunshine; 2015/3/21, a dream posing an ethical dilemma
Elves are ensorceling people to nurture trees--doors back to Faerie. But are they spies or just lost? Should we fight or let them go?
CAUTION: GUNFIGHT, MIND CONTROL
THE HONEST INMATE: by Wayan; 1997/5/8, a dreamfable on truthfulness.
I'm a psychopath in a prison for the insane. But I fall in love, and change. Blunt honesty fuels the change...
HONESTY THE WITCH: by Wayan; 1974/6/1, a flying dream.
A witch advocates honesty, but kids mock her; one boy tries to rape her. We fight mid-air, riding her broom...
CAUTION: RAPE ATTEMPT
I DREAM OF DERIVERRANS: by Wayan; 1982/11/16, a Joycean dream of surrender.
I must rescue Ann Soforth from righteous rapists, then Paul McCartney from a musical curse...
CAUTION: ABUSED CHILD, JOYCEAN LANGUAGE
ILLUSIONISTS DON'T RULE: by Wayan; 1996/8/26, a dream on the strength of logic.
I read 'The Closing of the American Mind," and dream I'm a pilot who suspects an illusionist in my plane...
INSIDER DATING: by Wayan; 2017/4/2, a dream of how others see us?
I dream my friend's amused that I date women to steal work-secrets; I get rich off insider trading, while they get fired. Only... I don't! Where'd he get this idea?...
IRONY: by Wayan; 2007/6/15. A vertical comicstrip burned into (naturally) an ironing board
Im so sick of irony I decide to get my sense of irony surgically removed and replace it with...
CAUTION: PLAYING WITH FIRE
JOIN THE WOLVES LATER!: by Wayan; 1980/9/4, a dream of false but useful fear.
Shepherding a group of cityfolks through an alien wilderness, I need a werewolf's help. So why do I lie?
LIE TO AVOID MURDER: by Wayan; 2016/3/3, a sex dream prompting nonsexual action
I'm in a love triangle with women symbolizing Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump. The latter wants me to KILL the former. I lie to avoid...
CAUTION: SLEAZE? OR A SLY WAY TO PROTECT VICTIM?
LIES!: by Wayan; 1992/7/10, a dream that thinks it's a two-page novel.
To investigate a criminal couple, I have to lie. And that's hard, since all my lies turn true...
CAUTION: NEW AGE AND FILM NOIR DON'T MIX
LOSE YOUR TEMPER!: by Emily Joy; 2007/8/30, a tough-love dream.
My mom hires a therapist who really goes for my throat! Why is she so desperate to make me lose my...
CAUTION: OVER-THE-TOP CONFRONTATION
LOUSE: by Wayan; ink, 1982/5/21: an embarrassing true story.
Getting rid of lice was easy. Harder was quelling the gossip and rumors from my co-workers and boss...
CAUTION: A LOUSE OF A BOSS
MALWARE IN THE BRAIN: by Wayan, 2017/12/27, a possibly predictive dream.
I dream that tourists in our town use brainware to navigate and translate, but it's infected. Turns you fascist. Whaaaat?...
Next day, the FBI knocks on our door! Our web provider misidentified our home as a nest of internet criminals. Thanks, Comcast! Talk about malware...
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...
MATURITY: by Wayan; 1989/1/26, a dream on bluntness.
Beverly Cleary's Ramona is a popular teen, but she's having a nervous breakdown. And her best friend...
CAUTION: STUDENT-TEACHER AFFAIR
MORTAL MIST: by Wayan; 2010/10/18, a lucid dream of a new sort for me
I miss all sorts of cues I'm dreaming, but I ignore my conviction I'm awake and try to fly anyway...
NEW LEVEL!: by "Julian"; 2006/5/22, 3 gamelike dreams in one night, two of them epic
My mom and I road-duel an alien beetle, then investigate a deepspace Marie Celeste; then I spy for the Angevin Empire to protect the Crown Jewels...
ODE TO SPAM: by Wayan; 2007/10/11, a poem about the wonders of email
Softly snows the spam upon my lonely brain, quilting me in flounderdrifts. Shovel it again...
OLDER AND YOUNGER: by 'Rasselon'; 2009/11/17, a dream of erotic deviousness
The older sorceress I'm in bed with plans to marry me off to a younger woman, but I distract her with my tongue...
CAUTION: BEDROOM HUMOR
OTTERS DON'T FAKE: by Wayan; 1989/10/15, a sex dream that's not about sex at all.
I'm scared to show my dream-paintings to my art class. That night I find an large otter in my bed...
CAUTION: SEX
PARLOR GAME: by a bridge builder's wife; before 1961, a party game interrupted by a real premonition
I had fun playing fortuneteller, until David. My hands turned icy and my whole body tensed. I asked "Where are you going?"...
PASSION: by Katie Hofgard; 100K, 2006, an undream portrait of a complex woman.
Talk about mixed messages! Or... is it really?
CAUTION: NUDITY, SLIGHT FIRE HAZARD
PAUL AND THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS: by Anna Kingsford; 1877/7/17, a dream of channeled indignation
Jesus's disciples kvetch that Paul, who never knew Jesus, perverted his clean simplicity into a religion...
CAUTION: JARGON, HERESY (on one side or other)
THE PEGASI TUB: by Wayan; 2013/11/9, a fun, flirty dream I apparently thought I didn't deserve.
After a rainy hike I'm cold and muddy. In the camp hot tub, six girls splash and play. They greet me, then slowly become winged ponies! Pegasi...
CAUTION: HOT-TUB NUDITY
POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles, pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
CAUTION: IDEAS, OCCASIONAL NUDITY, MENTIONS ABUSE
PRAISE THE DANCING GOONS: by Wayan; 2008/10/16, a dream-poem: Dreamverse 34
Three big tap-dancing kidnappers is too many to fight. So I try admiring their kidnapping technique...
PRECAMBRIAN SLEUTH, or, MURDER BY ATMOSPHERE: by Wayan; 2013/6/2, a shamanic warning dream.
I'm a detective in a research station two billion years ago. No one warns me the ancient atmosphere isn't just anoxic, but deadly...
PUT TWICE AS MUCH IN: by Wayan; 2003/9/22, a dream warning how much it takes to change
All the claymation figures I made in my teens are gone but one. And the centauress has a broken hip and spindly leg.
I start to mend her, but I need TWICE the clay I thought...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY
REQUIEM FOR GINGER: MAGNIFICAT: by Lily; 2008/1/31, a dream on facing loss.
I dream Im telling a tall tale about a cat-funeral with hung-over mice pulling the hearse. But it all turns a bit too real...
SET ON FIRE: by Wayan; 2017/10/15, a dream on reckless stupidity
Yuppies with a lighter set me on fire--not even out of malice, just idly. I'm a shaman, I can survive it, but I'm not immune to pain...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE, UGLY POLITICAL COMPARISONS
SHAMANIC CHEW-TOY: by Wayan; 2011/3/16; nested dreams of strange women
Compulsively honest spirit-women with waterjugs invade my friend's house.
I wake to find my girlfriend's obsessing on hair loss. To calm her, I babble about limb loss...
and wake again to find she was a dream too.
SHARPSHOT: by Wayan; 1977/4/3, a surreal poem of a warning nightmare
When I was being battered, I dreamed where it would end if I didn't leave: dead wife, shot husband...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
SHE LIVES TO 140: by Wayan; 2017/7/13, a dreamlet advising austerity, solitude and crankiness
I meet a 140-year-old hermit in her black chadoor, skateboarding down a hill near her sacred dream-spring...
SHHHH!: by Wayan; 1981, daydream in ink.
A sudden image of a woman whose other lips not only talked, they wouldn't shut up. Worse yet, they...
CAUTION: NUDITY
SHOCKWAVE: by Wayan; 1996/7/27, a predictive nightmare.
My childhood home explodes into a vast pyroclastic cloud that comes boiling toward me, miles away...
CAUTION: DOOM
SHOOT THE MIRROR!: by Sir Oliver Lodge; 1927/10/15, a dream of stagy twists
A man gets his big brother blamed for his crimes, til their sister makes him shoot his own reflection. But neither one expects...
SHOVED OFF A CLIFF: by Wayan; 2017/9/7, a warning nightmare induced by asking the Dream Goddess what to tackle next
Atop a sea-cliff, I meet a young couple in love. One look at me and they try to push me off! When I see I can't save myself, I try to take them with me...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE BARING UGLY TRUTHS
SIPHONIAN QUARTET: by Wayan; 2010/4/10, four baffling parallel-world dreams
Purple squid saboteurs flood our cliffhouse; my oyster-ranching girlfriend has a snotty aunt; I wake in a stranger's bondage dream and hate it; shepherds watch for gliderwolves on the ocean floor...
CAUTION: EMBARRASSING BONDAGE DREAM
SNOT-BIRD FORGERY!: a gross dream by Samuel Pepys, 1667/6/29, and a nightmare by Thomas Macaulay, c.1857
Samuel Pepys dreamt of kidneystones, pee, come, & snot--or did he? Thomas Macauley dreams his niece confesses...
SPIROGRAPHY: by Wayan; 1997/9/29, a one-page cartooned spiral autobiography
Laying my timeline in a Fibonacci spiral, it's clear great changes come in a pattern--as soon as I've digested the last couple, a new revelation/revolution appears...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY, HEAVY ISSUES
STOP RESISTING; 2000/1/2 by Anonymous #37; nightmare of injustice
I'm sentenced for a crime I didn't commit; then the bailiff beats me for "resisting", though I'm not...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, SWEARING
THE SUPERCELLS; 2005/3/4 by Anonymous #37; nightmare of a pointless eco-coverup
Multiple tornadoes touched down in the fields, but the farmer's wife sewed in a rocking chair, oblivious. I moved to warn her but my lieutenant said...
SUPERHERO TRAINING KITS: by Wayan; 2006/12/17, a wise mishmash dream
I careen from a shamanic laboratory to a shattered ring round an alien world to (gasp) an honest politican...
TASTEBUDS AND LIARS: by Wayan; 1993/8/7, a dreamtale.
I was warned Wolf-Cats turn on people, but I still befriended one. Now I'm looking down its throat...
TEN THOUSAND MAD GHOSTS: by Wayan; 1996/9/3, a psychic nightmare.
A toxic site in Silicon Valley isn't a chemical spill, but angry ghosts, killed in a camp and forgotten...
CAUTION: THE CAMP TURNS OUT TO BE REAL
THYROID: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a set of life-saving diagnostic nightmares
In 1985 I was flooded with nightmares about heads and necks. They had an unparalleled intensity...
UNGHOSTS OF CHINA: by Wayan; 2009/9/2, a mysterious dream-poem; Dreamverse #53
After a day of nonstop art, I'm in rural China. Two women tell me their village declared them dead, killed by demons...
UNIVERSITY OF THE SIERRA: by Wayan; 1975/10/30, a pun-studded dream poem
Jealous of newlyweds, I grind my teeth to splinters. But the Great Ice did that to Sierra granite, and that turned out fine...
'WE'RE ALL HUMAN': by Wayan; 1987/3/13, a dream trial.
For flirting in the astral cafeteria, we all get sentenced to group therapy--till I catch the lie in my life...
WHY I LIE: by Wayan, 2016/10/7, a dream on privacy-guilt
Asked to share a bit about myself, I lie. Why? Not only are people like me illegal, we're believed to be impossible...
WINDOW IN THE SKY: by Emily Joy; 2006/10/15, an epic, flying, disorienting, apocalyptic dream
When my friends and I learn to fly, all of Middle Earth turns against us! Fleeing from Saruman's army, I bonk my head, exposing the backstage truth about our world...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, DOOM, PHYSICS! YODA IN THE TUB!
WIRES: by Wayan; 1957-1963, a recurrent childhood nightmare resolved by drawing, Dec 1999
I was bodiless but trapped. All I could see were these moving wires. Whenever a knot drifted by...
CAUTION: MADNESS, TORMENT, TELEPATHY, SEXUAL REBELLION
A WOMEN'S WORLD: by Wayan; 1996/8/6, a psychic dream.
I visit Earth during an all-female era. I'm a woman, can pass for local--so why do I lie to fit in?
CAUTION: SEXIST SLUR
THE WOODRING LAYER: by Wayan; 2008/7/7. A dream questioning art's job.
I see great towers rising into a fog zone--or is it another universe, with different rules? How do you draw both worlds?
WORD AND DEED: by Wayan; 1989/8/1, a embarrassing dream fable.
In bed with my sister and Emmanuelle of the sex films, I learn a little something about denial...
CAUTION: SEX, INCEST, INSIGHTS


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