World Dream Bank home - add a dream - newest - art gallery - sampler - dreams by title, subject, author, date, places, names

DALI CENTAUR

Dreamed 1983/12/12 by Chris Wayan


I dreamed of what seemed to be an ink sketch by Dali of a horse--at least its head was Dali-strange, though the rest was more realistic.

But when I looked closer, I realized it was no horse, but a centaur, whose head, arms, and human torso had been bitten off! The guts and scraps spilled over, forming a mangled Dali parody of a horse-head. It was drawn so calmly, so matter-of-factly, I had refused to see it.

It frightened me--for I knew who it was. Me. Mistaking myself for a creature with a somewhat peculiar head... when I was really a mutilated, cut-off version of something quite different and more complex...

And if I want to heal, I need to regrow my non-comforming parts, not trim myself down like Procrustes to mimic normality.

An apparent Dali horse that's really a decapitated centaur.
FOOTNOTE FOR THE MYTH-IMPAIRED

"Procrustes" is a old Greek tale. In short:

A traveler stops at a lonely house as night falls. The host says he has a small guest bed. If the guest is too tall for the bed, the host just chops him down to size! If the guest is too short, he stretches you on a rack till you fit juuuuuust right.
Worse than that blonde in the house of the mush-munching bears!

I joke about it, but I took the message seriously. Wrote and drew dreams like these doggedly--and they responded. A flood of intense mythic visions leading me eventually to quit my dayjob, leave suburbia, and try to regrow my murdered half.



LISTS AND LINKS: oops! dream mistakes - death - Surrealism - horses - centaurs - heads and beheadings - shamanic dreams - advice dreams - inked dream art -

World Dream Bank homepage - Art gallery - New stuff - Introductory sampler, best dreams, best art - On dreamwork - Books
Indexes: Subject - Author - Date - Names - Places - Art media/styles
Titles: A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - IJ - KL - M - NO - PQ - R - Sa-Sh - Si-Sz - T - UV - WXYZ
Email: wdreamb@yahoo.com - Catalog of art, books, CDs - Behind the Curtain: FAQs, bio, site map - Kindred sites