Friday, December 27, 2013

Dreams: Butt Swirls

I am one of those people who keep pen and pad at the ready on the nightstand. It is a known fact that I am of the age to forget any thought, no matter how important … life or death. In the time it takes to secure pen and paper to jot down a note, all is lost. However, my nightstand ordinance is not for the purpose of preparedness for memory notes of life or death sway. Instead, the purpose is to record for future analysis the bizarre nature of one's mind in the state of feigned rest … that is to say, sleep. It is a well known fact that it is virtually impossible to remember dreams. At best, one acting with the utmost urgency, may be able to jot down a few splintered fragments from which the direction of the dream might be determined. Thus, my effort …

Let me say from the outset that I realize my recalled dreams to have somewhat of a fragmentation of reason, an explanation of such I am unable to provide, given that I am a reasonable person. The retelling of said dreams must therefore rely heavily upon the interpretation provided by the reader. Not that the reader need worry as to the interpretation of the retelling of the dream for I shall provide that service. The interpretation is necessary for the unstated elements of the dream. Never is a dream recalled in its entirety. Lacking is most often the why or where did this come from aspect of the dream. That being said, I believe this dream lends itself well to an interpretation of what I am about to not say.

I shall start with the conclusion. I dreamed that I was making ornamental butt swirls. I find little advantage in understanding the science of the matter, but merely state that a situation had occurred in which chickens were growing out of peoples' butts. The chickens were generally small, like a nice fryer , and were already plucked. The heads and feet had already been cleaved and the chickens were attached to the butt by the neck. There was no set number of chickens on any one butt, nor any particular pattern of growth other than a random scattering of spots as found with measles or smallpox. It is important to note that the chickens, though alive and growing, were already cooked. I enter the dream having developed a technique to shred the chickens and mold them into attractive chicken salad swirls without disturbing the neck-to-butt life connection. I adorned each swirl with an application of wire wrapping and beads. I don't like to brag, but each swirl was both stylish and unique … easily as collectable as hand-made Xmas ornaments.

I am puzzled concerning how my swirls fit into the confines of ones' pants. I find that most peoples' pants are already overflowing.  Undoubtedly, those who have butt swirls would want to show them off, but what might be the occasion for such a display. The easy answer is that people show their butts all the time … and many parade around with their butts on their shoulders anyway. All I know for sure is the dream  … and in the dream, my butt swirls had gone viral!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Reading 2013

1. Candide - Voltaire

2. 2BR02B - Kurt Vonnegut

3. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - Omar Khayyam (poetry)

4. Frankenstein -Mary Shelley

5. Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux

6. The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper

7. Poems by Emily Dickinson, Three Series - Emily Dickinson (poetry)

8. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

9. Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

10. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair

11. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

12. Selected Poems of Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde (poetry)

13. The Deerslayer - James Fenimore Cooper

14. six girls without pants - Paisley Rekdal (poetry)

15. Winterwood - Patrick McCabe

16. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

17. Void of Course - Jim Carroll (poetry)

18. The Book of Morman - Joseph Smith

19. The 21st Century Emerson Collection - Ralph Waldo Emerson (poetry)

20. The Life and Letters of of Lewis Carroll (Rev. Charles Dodgson) - Stuart Dodgson

21. House of Mirth - Edith Wharton

22. Beowulf - anonymous (poetry)

23. The Little Book of Modern Verse (poetry) - selected poets

24. Faust - Johann Wolfgang Goethe (poetry)

25. Sonnets from the Portuguese - Elizabeth Barrett Browning (poetry)

26. The Beautiful and the Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald

27. A Few Figs from Thistles - Edna St. Vincent Millay (poetry)

28. Reanascence and Other Poems - Edna St. Vincent Millay (poetry)

29. Second April - Edna St. Vincent Millay (poetry)

30. The Lamp and the Bell - Edna St. Vincent Millay

31. Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham

32. The House Is Made of Poetry - Wendy Barker and Sandra Gilbert (poetry)

33. Summary of Transcendentalism - article

34. Personae - Ezra Pound (poetry)

35. Simplicity - Ruth Stone (poetry)

36. Ordinary Words _ Ruth Stone (poetry)

37. Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father - John Matteson

38. Daisy Miller - Henry James

39. Monday or Tuesday - Virginia Woolf

40. Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

41. In the Next Galaxy - Ruth Stone (poetry)

42. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

43. Second Hand Coat - Ruth Stone (poetry)

44. The Gold Cell - Sharon Olds (poetry)

45. Who is the Widow's Muse? - Ruth Stone (poetry)

46. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

47. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

48. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

49. Poems - William Culen Bryant

50. The Father - Sharon Olds (poetry)

51. The Mysterious Island - Jules Verne

52. Master Cheng's Thirteen Chapterson T'ai-Chi Ch'uan - Cheng Man-ch'ing

53. Three Men in a Boat  - Jerome Klapka

54.The Five Stages of Grief - Linda Pastan (poetry)

55. Sudden Eden - Verandah Porche (poetry)