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The Unicorn Mask of Ignorability

Dreamed 2009/10/13 by Wayan

With my unicorn mask of ignorability, I eavesdrop on two whispering Egyptian priests. Sketch of a dream by Wayan. Click to enlarge.
I walk the lonely halls where I
grew up far from town.
Why relive the labyrinth?
Am I growing down?

I don my childhood unicorn
ignorability mask. The charm
still works! Sidle up and listen in:
muttered arguments among

engineer-priests in antique robes
who stroll the halls of home
unrolling hieroglyphic scrolls.
Pyramid, temple, tomb?

What plan? For whom?

Strangers' debris salts my old room.
Some hardback Chinese classics.
Scattered shattered statues on
melancholy, dwindled shelves;

grief of the broken. Where
to hide my unicorn mask--
under closet rubble?
If these builderpriests

see my horn, they'll counterspell,
and I need to eavesdrop, still
invisible a while. I must
be a forgotten beast until

all their secrets spill.

NOTES AND GUESSES

A NOTE ONE YEAR LATER

The dream looks more predictive now than symbolic. A few months after it, my mom died suddenly. I turned glum and silent. As I write, our childhood home is being sold. Buyers and realtors wander the halls, planning architectural makeovers... as sixty years of family history crumbles to dust.

With my unicorn mask of ignorability, I eavesdrop on two whispering Egyptian priests. Sketch of a dream by Wayan. Click to enlarge.



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