My Dream Wizard (again) by
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Prompted By Dreams

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Last night, my dream wizard had me working in a voting station. I looked up and a woman pulled her blouse back and flashed me. While that might seem like a nice dream wizard move, this one was different.

The woman flashed her scar from a mastectomy. And her blank look portrayed a complete range of emotion. We just looked into each other’s eyes. I saw hatred, and fear, and need, and defiance, and resignation, and loss, and loneliness, and my/our complicity in the destruction; I still see the look.

Later, I held her in my arms. It was my best response, but I knew it was not enough.

So I invited her into my circle of friends. This includes you, of course. She needs us all.


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Characterizations: moving, well written


  1. Wham! What a powerful dream, Richard! Is “she” all of us, how in our heart of hearts we’re afraid/angry that we’ve lost, or are losing, something essential to ensure the future of Mother Earth?

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    So many of my dear friends and family are survivors. All we can do is what you do as the dream wizard — hold them, comfort them, and bring them into your community. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. John Zussman says:

    I love the concept of a dream wizard and the disjointed yet somehow archetypal images and narrative she (it must be a she, don’t you think) implants. You are dreaming Jungian poetry, my friend.

  4. Richard, Thanx for sharing your dream, we all need each other indeed!
    Stay safe!

  5. Suzy says:

    Wow, that was quite a dream, Richard! Good for you for bringing her into your circle of friends, and thank you for including us in that circle of friends. Welcome back to Retrospect, we haven’t seen you in a while!

  6. Betsy Pfau says:

    As the others said before me…WOW! You pack quite a punch (particularly for the females reading this). We are shattered, and you offer solace, empathy…so desperately needed in this strange world we live in. Thank you for being our friend.

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