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The Spell Blurs Women
Dreamed 2013/5/5 by Wayan
Orbiting eye. Dark woods, mist. Bavarian crags.
We zoom in on
Two sisters. Their brother marries. Newlyweds
and sisters move
into Castle Lorelei. I guest. A creepy keep;
Arches drunken lean. Giant--übermenschlich--but so
stark. For no
wallspace free for tapestry. Mail, axes. Angles sharp
as Gothic .
My view of all three women's tilted too, as obtuse
as walls askew:
Three blur to One! Names, faces gone--if I'm near.
A close-up curse.
One room away, I know the quirks of all, as clear
as him, but then...
Back in the banquet hall, see just one Jungian blur:
Woman. It's sure
One girl bears some charm. Valkyrie arm? At least
not Sauron's Ring;
for three robed Woman, visible, stand. Is it the old
Maidens blur, though still a man's a man. That old
- The old spell: patriarchy. I just saw two films, Baobab and Salma. In each, traditionalist Islam blurred devout men's view of women into Woman. Archetypal. Generic. They weren't invisible; it wasn't as pure an evil as Sauron's ring. But bad enough.
- Rhinegold: some of my ancestors farmed the Rhine Valley. I think the dream's pointing out sexism's hardly unique to Islam. Until a generation ago, the Europeans and Americans now calling Islam backward, alien, and hopeless were under quite the same spell. And many are still.
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