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The Unicorn Mask of Ignorability
Dreamed 2009/10/13 by Wayan
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
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
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
- Egyptian engineers: solar-panel installers tromped through our house. Priests of the new sun-cult!
- Eavesdrop on the invaders:
- Yesterday as I wrote my dreams, two friends barged into my room, arguing loudly! I listened politely rather than boot them out so I could write.
- I've had a baffling illness the last few years. Is my immune system still trying to identify the invaders?
- Broken sad statues: one of my dream-sculptures is broken, awaits mending; and three more unfinished figurines gather dust.
- Shelves shrunk, but not their support brackets: a pun. Shelf-support! I support myshelf, but myshelf's shrunken. Ambitionless!
- Ignorability mask: with it on, I was visible but they all looked right past me. Dream hints I sabotage publicity for my art because I need obscurity till I figure out... something. But what?
- Animal head: Egyptian gods are, so I'm donning the aspect of a god. But unicorns aren't Egyptian--an outsider god?
- Celibacy/horniness? After a big romantic drama exhausted me last year, I haven't been dating or even looking hard.
- Healing? Unicorns were healers; is dream-me my immune system, trying to get a lock on invading disease organisms (Egyptians! West Nile virus?)
- Impossibility? Peter S. Beagle's Last Unicorn found most people saw her as an ordinary mare; they would not see her horn or hear her speak. I empathized: I was a child prodigy, and many adults just went deaf/blind if I said/did the impossible.
- "Forgotten beast": in Patricia McKillip's The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Sybel grows up orphaned, managing a zoo for orphaned myths. She barely sees herself as human till she must shelter a baby. My unicorn mask is like Sybel's alienation--but mine's removable! Encouraging.
- Finish those sculptures!
- Defend my personal space and time--I've been too polite.
- Get tested for West Nile virus. You never know.
- Be patient with anonymity. I'm choosing to wear the mask of an outsider for a reason, even if my conscious doesn't get it. Plan long.
- This is Dreamverse #59. Each week, a dream-poem. Next: Aquarina Prodigy.
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.
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