In the blubber of dreams

I was inspired by a fellow Insta poet and prompted by her use of ‘Whales’ this morning. I dedicate this post to the North Atlantic Right Whale, of which sadly, only 360 remain.

The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) ~ Wikipedia

As per NOAA, ” The North Atlantic right whale is one of the world’s most endangered large whale species, with less than 400 individuals remaining — Whaling is no longer a threat, but human interactions still present the greatest danger to this species. Entanglement in fishing gear and vessel strikes are the leading causes of North Atlantic right whale mortality. Increasing ocean noise levels from human activities are also a concern since the noise may interfere with right whale communication and increase their stress levels”.

Spring flowers lined my walk yesterday and my thoughts perhaps. I dreamed of people I haven’t seen in a very long while. This morning I read about dreaming. The article cited below wades through many concepts including: mistrust of the unconscious, wake centrism, in a waking dream and refers to the cinematic treat ‘Jacob’s Ladder‘. I’d like to return to this movie again someday, Tim Robbins was wonderful in this. I’ve quoted some part of the essay below. Poems sometimes just conjure like a mist above a fallow field, there’s no logic to it, or is there? Maybe someday, the dream scientists will let us know.

In an ocean of night, dreaming of a closed dining space / We were snooping in on a harsh conversation of strangers that we knew / Towards dawn you spoke / as real in the dream as an apparition in the real / of Father and Mother / of them cruising off on a road trip / You faltered at a word I recollect but won't spell / It absorbed into whale song ticking to a time piece / itching to signal morning / and I could feel the depth of many fathoms  floating over a waking to Spring / like being pressed against a cherry blossom trunk / in a tug of war, a push and pull / Let's go Jungian on this, he is much more pleasant / I did see a bumble bee yesterday, not a golden scarab, although that could have been a circadian premonition / and I woke up to a shower of blossoms //

Here is an interesting read about Dreaming. Quoting part of the article here: The mind seems to grow fidgety and uncomfortable cooped up in a body 24/7. Mentally, dreaming is like taking off a pair of tight shoes at the end of the day: the liberated mind is no longer constrained by somatic sensory and motor processes. Reminiscent of common notions about the soul leaving the body in sleep, dreaming unfetters the mind from the world of matter; and, having vacated the body, consciousness is free to pandiculate, ponder and play. The dreaming mind stretches, yawns and reawakens in a strangely familiar place where it can time travel, dialogue with demons, get trapped in a mundane loop of doing dinner dishes or soar with angels. With Jacob’s ladder in place, the sky is literally the limit.

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