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Dreamed 1981/12/23 by Wayan
My friend Beryl has a Christmas party. People talk of Carlos Castaneda's books--how seeing your hands in a dream can trigger lucidity. Yeah, but for what purpose? To take control of your dreams? To suppress unpleasant truths even while asleep?
Boom! Boom! The great green hands drum down
on the moonlit road. On my left, one fist pounds
a lane, then a truck-masher slams to my right. I'm
eerily calm for one in doom-radius. Caught between.
The reason is: this King Kong is me. I passively ride
in Gargantua's placid mind. We together stride
up the road. We follow orders. There's my green
whalesize foot. Freeway snaking up through low
wooded hills. Tramp up to a pass. Ahead, see San
Francisco. Our foray's goal! My job's to smash
the City flat, expunge this human infestation.
I've been equipped with a sense of smell so subtle
that though my very nostril's a cathedral
I can (in this cool sea air) scent a single
cellared human under many pancaked floors.
Fee, Fie, Fo, Fum! Not quite fairytale, but I'm
a fine foe-hunter. And at my Titan-scale
the whole city's but two strides wide. First
I demolish downtown, worrying loose the silver
waist-high towers--each set aside, on a side,
to after-flatten. I mash the hill-tracts next, like
crunching cuboid snails unwelcome in the vegs,
then wrestle down those smugly grinning bridges.
All the while I'm twinly aware. Dimly scent fear
from those fleeing monster me--and I ride,
raft the lazy bayous of his idle thought.
For to him this city-smash is naught, no more
than my stomp-flat of outbound cardboard,
Monday morns. Mundane. Apocalypse as chore.
NOTES NEXT MORNING
- See my hands in a dream: Castaneda claims looking at your hands in a dream can trigger lucidity. Well, I see my hands; nothing but my hands!
- Power without responsibility or empathy: Castaneda's books teach one to seek power; but my dreams warn Americans misuse power.
- Mindless destruction: it's the dark solstice. The old year's dead. Clear the ground for the new!
- GREEN hands: Yow! I'm the Jolly Green Giant! The logo of an American food conglomerate. So Giant Me isn't individual but corporate power misused! Serenely flattening cities with no doubt, no guilt. Who cares what some hippies think? Adam Smith approves!
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