Sometimes my dreams stay with me in daylight. I dream of friends and family, of my lover and of people whose blogs I read but whom I’ve never met. They’re all themselves but different. I wander my dreams like K. searching for an exit but everywhere I go back-to-front versions of the people I like and love confront me, contradict me, confuse me.

When I finally wake up the relief that it was just a dream doesn’t stop me feeling awkward all day. Layers of dream wrap softly around reality. I look askance at people I meet whom I dreamt about last night. The dream was not real but my feelings during it last. It takes days to shake those emotions.

2 thoughts on “dreams

  1. Doug

    That is quite perfect. I have an active dreamlife, and sometimes the impressions formed there will linger a few days – slowly fading like polaroids left in the sun.

    I love the surrealism of the place just before sleep as well, but trying to capture the flavour of it is so hard. Well done.

  2. Jill

    So I’m not alone?

    šŸ™‚

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