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Dreamed 1990/9/26 by Chris Wayan
I dreamed I was a telepathic rabbit on an alien world. My life there was so vivid and coherent that I think it's a real planet out there.
I cartooned the dream--my earliest purely digital comic. In 1990, computers were low-resolution and had only 16 colors, the graphics had to be simple and the text chunky. (If the text is hard to read, leave your cursor motionless on a page for a few seconds--a transcription will appear. I hope. If your browser reads ALT fields...)
But though the graphics are simple and archaic, the dream and its ideas aren't. This isn't a time when humans, at least American ones, value loneliness, or disunity. But these rabbits do. Or rather, they learn to. The hard way.
So be lonely, dig your burrow, sharpen your hunches...
- 22 years later... I'm still a wary bunny. I've done my art quietly at home, socializing mostly on the Net. I tolerate humans better, but I still prefer people like me whose auras are basically animal.
- Hearth can of course be read 'heart', too. "...the essence of a Hearth is that its feel is NEVER general."
- I read Yeats a lot in 1990; no wonder a poem of his appears in the dream. But it isn't Yeats! Despite the touch of reincarnation, it doesn't even sound like him--maybe William Carlos Williams, Amy Lowell, or Eliot flirting with haiku. Yet in the dream, I knew it was Yeats and recalled it word-for-word. I almost never have such firm dream-delusions. Here it is in plain text, this non-Yeats Yeats poem, neither telling a dream nor composed in a dream, but known in a dream:
|ODE TO HUMPTY DUMPTY
Time is our lives!
Past lives strung
Upon a puppet-thread.
A one-way bus ride!'
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Acorn and Pelt, a related psychic bunny dream 7 years earlier -
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