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The Unicorn Mask of Ignorability

Dreamed 2009/10/13 by Wayan

Sketch of a dream by Wayan: wearing a unicorn mask of ignorability, I eavesdrop on two robed ancient Egyptian priests conferring. Background: reeds, pyramid and temple.
I walk the labyrinthine home
where I grew up.
Why do I live the maze again?
Am I growing down?

I don my childhood unicorn
mask of ignorability. The charm
still works! So I listen in:
muttered arguments among

engineer-priests in antique robes
who stroll the halls of home
with hieroglyphic scrolls.
Planning pyramid, temple, tomb?

What for? 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--
buried in the closet?
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 empty rooms, planning architectural makeovers... as sixty years of family history evaporates.

Sketch of a dream by Wayan: wearing a unicorn mask of ignorability, I eavesdrop on two robed ancient Egyptian priests conferring. Background: reeds, pyramid and temple.



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