Tuesday, July 03, 2007

WHEN YOU AND SLEEP ESCAPE ME



I have been dreaming lots lately. Well, let me clarify that. I dream lots anyway, but recently I have had very vivid dreams that feel very symbolic. Yet I haven't been paying enough attention to them. Two nights ago I woke with heart a-racing, to discover the light of the full moon peaking through the only gap in the blinds, directly onto my forehead.

Last night I dreamt that I was in a huge, lush field, sitting by a wire fence, beyond which was a strip of grass and then a forest. On the outer edge of the forest, the trees were hazelnut. I could see several windfall hazelnuts on the grass just beyond the fence. So through I clamber to grab some. I get a handful, some of them were in doubles, covered in their leafy cases. Suddenly I hear and feel the thunder of horses' hooves, and look to my left to see four galloping towards me. I scamper back under the fence as they race past.

I sit and crack open the hazelnuts between two stones, remembering how succulent they are when they are so fresh. I want some more, so I dare myself to venture in again, and whilst I am picking some from the tree, here they come again. But this time I stand quietly just inside the trees, and watch. They seem to go by in slow motion and I just stare in awe.

When I woke up, still in darkness, I felt sure I could see the faint glow of a street-lamp shining through the gap in the wardrobe.......

38 Comments:

Blogger Jazzy said...

i have been dreaming more than usual myself, but i don't enjoy dreams so i try not to pay too much attention and try to forget them as quickly as possible.
those scenes from your dream are very filmic, don't you think so?
greenery from the photo is quite eery, just like your dream =)
have a good week down under!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Shelly Lowenkopf said...

It is not enough that your images lull, stun, and/or transport us, now you write provocatively and evocatively. We sit and watch as lovely ladies are drawn in; they leave notes expressing concern for your well being and soon they will want to come cook things for you.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Inconsequential said...

Ahh, the good old days of LSD...

Memory kindling words Pod, transported briefly to a past never forgotten, just shrouded in mist, waiting for a breeze to fan the flames.

Probably not what you meant to do at all, but hey ho, we all get what we get from whatever...

4:30 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

What a dream! You know hazelnuts bring wisdom? Almost always at a cost, though, as it always is with wisdom.

I love the lushness of your dreamscape, and the boundaries. I'm about to write about boundaries myself this morning.

Dreams in general I like to pay attention to. I used to try to comprehend every one of them, write them down and analyze them all. These days I look into the most vivid and numinous, and allow the other ones to do their work without my conscious intervention.

I had a great dream last night too. Full moons are so powerful!

10:43 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

Lovely lush green - i spose all the rain has some benefits.

way better than dreaming about g.pigs, wouldn't you say?

Lots of ice-skating opps. in the Land of War Drobe.

12:56 AM  
Blogger get zapped said...

I truly enjoyed your dream, and I can see why you paid attention to it, so full of solid imagery and other things that excite the senses. I wonder what the horses represented? Yes, the full moon can stir a lot in us. Happy dreaming ;)

1:44 AM  
Blogger raindog said...

my my my, what vivid dreaming. i would never sleep with such scenes rolling around in my head. and as always, a nice photo! keep dreaming little pod.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Josy said...

What a beautiful dream.

My dream last night- which is odd, because I rarely remember them anymore- consisted of commuting across the country once a week to take one stupid class (and commuting back home to take two other classes at local colleges).

Yours is SOOO much cooler.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Josy said...

P.S. To Mr. Shelly- How sexist! I will never come cook things for Pod! Although I would probably send him cookies if he asked nicely.

5:19 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

I never have had a dream about cracking nuts, not that I recall, anyway.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous bv said...

Hello my friend,

Found that for you. You must read it, you'll tell me (or not!) how relevant it is to you...

Last paragraph goes: This is a typical sex dream. Although the walnut as a whole depicts masculine sexuality, but the shape of the inner edible matter is symbolic of feminine sexuality. The horseman coming at a great speed and her dropping the walnuts is a depiction of the sexual act.

9:09 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

May St. Filbert Bless and keep you...

here is what I found on Hazelnuts --oh and they also help men avoid heart attacks if consumed 2-3 times per week. The healthy heart nut!
but on the dream front:

"Filbert Nut

To see filbert nuts in your dream, signifies peace, harmony, and profitable business ventures.

To dream that you are eating filbert nuts, true and dependant friends. "

10:11 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

I have a rosary made by ancestors and the beads are filbert/hazelnuts. it is quite weird, but perhaps now i will appreciate it more that i know hazelnuts are special.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Kimberley said...

Profoundly great word! The shot is great as well I love the strong contrast between the colors and textures GREAT and I am missing you on webpix podster!

1:51 PM  
Blogger Ai said...

Your exposés are as wonderful as your pictures, and to combine them is a great idea. You should do it more often, with or without dream inspiration.

Sure the thundering hooves were those of horses, and not of giraffes? ;-)


luv,
- Ai
(sucker for a good PODcast)

6:53 PM  
Blogger Joel Reynolds said...

Craziness - cool shot.
Joel

9:50 PM  
Blogger WAT said...

Podster:

You're anything but a bad photographer.

6:21 AM  
Blogger T-Bird said...

Hey, i featured this post and added an analysis of your dream at my shack:

http://saturdaynightsoulsoup.blogspot.com/

6:40 AM  
Blogger Ai said...

wat:
Exactly so. Methinks he uses "bad" in another sense - in German, Bad means bathroom!

Probably pod gets his inspiration while enjoying bubble baths in the bathtub... or humming loony tunes under the shower ;-))

6:47 AM  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Dear Podperson,

Beautiful and spellbinding words and image.

Tea by the fire awaits.

Your most sincerely

Mr Tumnus.

10:37 AM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

I always thought you were a bit like Mr Tumnus, Pod.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Wendz said...

At least your dreams are calm. Last night I dreamt I was all kitted out in bondage gear (with a mask) and this morning (because this shite weather is only good for sleeping) I dreamt I was flying in a toy plane and the pilot knocked both wings off during take-off.

Hello Pod.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Sherry Snowdrop said...

I remember the fruits of another's somniloquism.

I don't sleep well. At night, in the dark, my heart flutters like that of a captured mouse, and my mind rages. As a result I find myself sitting in my own sensory deprevation while those around me are in slumber.

Once though the quiet was breached when someone shouted, from their dream, "it's tough! It's tough at the top! It's a bit of an ostrich opera really!"

And I had to chuckle.

And a friend of mine in the eighties, who was in the dog-house because his wife had tried to wake him and he had merely stirred and uttered those damning words, "Victoria Principal."

7:46 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Your dream sounds magical pod. I wonder what it all means? It sounds both oddly comforting and disturbing at the same time ...

sweet dreams, pod!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Woke up this morning thinking about your dream. Don't know why, but this morning at least it reminded me of the story of Rapunzel. Strange, eh?

10:17 PM  
Blogger First Nations said...

sly gathering of fresh young nuts by night as the horses thunder past?

gosh, uh, i dunno. that's a poser.


lotto numbers?

3:10 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

portable hairdryer girl forgot her password so she may have to steal her own blog and move it. her e is

punkassgoodie@yahoo.com

5:21 AM  
Anonymous bv said...

hey Pod, we should catch up in the CBD one day. I am on Clarence St, off Barracks St...
email me from my profile page.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

Pod, the taste of fresh hazelnuts picked from under the tree and cracked open between two rocks... I've done that so many times!
Isn't it a wonderful thing?
But not in OZ Pod, not in OZ...

12:03 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Y'know that Alec and I both dream quite a bit after we have dishes that has MSG in it. Oy, not that we put it our food cuz we don't need any vivid dreams ourselves. I just want to sleep, peacefully. heh! I'm not much of a dream interpreter either.

The picture is great, looks a bit surreal, like a wall of fur, or something... somehow something seems odd. And I like it!

12:28 AM  
Blogger coffespaz said...

Dreams can be fun, weird or both. I get some really strange ones sometimes. I tell my hubby about them and he just shakes his head! :-)

PS Thanks for the encouragement re: my photos. I'll try to post more as we go along!

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Bud said...

Oh Pod, you are the best.

4:10 AM  
Blogger Junk Thief said...

I have never had hazelnuts raw. Having them in my coffee is not a dream but a nightmare. Who's the jerk that dreamed up hazelnut coffee? Ugh, gross.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Dreams are endlessly fascinating but I can never unravel the sublte or not so subtle messages. Any new insights since this last post?

2:14 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

JAZZY - tis a shame that you don't enjoy your dreams. maybe you could come to change that over time. to a degree, one can ctually influence and be more conscious in the dream world. it is another life for me, and i look forward to not knowing where i will be off to next, and what i will be doing! have a dreamy weekend!

SHELLY - shush! you are blowing my plan to be sent cakes and food parcels forever more! and also, there are some quite lovely gentlemen that pass by too. present company included of course!

INC - on the contrary. i guess if the post was meant to do anything, it was to spark a little drift off into the imagination. ah for the old days huh?

REYA - i love dreams! a whole other dimension to explore. as you know, we have met somewhere out there. i think i carried some luggage for you on more than one occasion? hope to see you again soon! rapunzel x

LETTY - i can't say that the guinea dreams are of any less significance. i still get immense amusement from the imagery of that dream! and yes, endless iceskating in spare oom, endless smiles, endless ok-ness x

ZIPPY - the horses signify the arrival of another aspect of my nature i think. i have thought a lot about it, and spoken with my homeopath, and i think i know what it is all about. it is an exciting dream! have a great weekend! ;0)

RAINDOG - i bet you do have such dreams, or you will. iti si just a case of remembering them. perhaps you have the same experiences in your imagination instead. and whaddaya mean, little pod? ;0p

JOSY - so are you feling that you are wasting time with something at the moment? take the sign, and don't do anything you don't want to!! ;0) oh, and i think you owe me some cookies after that last insult. i am still sulking....

TONY - nevre mind mate! ;0p

BV - thanks for all your researching efforts....so what do you reckon i am to make of the nuts? i will email you shortly and see you soon ;0p

CHED - filberts? teehee. hurrah for the filberts! ;0)

KIMBO - i know, i know, sorry, i shall visit webpix again soon, promise!

Ai - thanks for the encouragement! yes, it was horses. sadly todd has gone....and yes, i often get inspired when i amfloating around in the bath, staring ta the ceiling and the bubbles

JOEL - cheers dude!

WAT - blush ;0o

T-BIRD - thanks for that! i have replied over at yours ;0)

HHB - ooh, tea by the fire, and with mr tumnus. heaven!

RW - so did i, but don't tell anyone....

WEND - hope your dreams have improved? you can borrow my toy plane if yours is broken ;0)

SHEZZA - not victoria principal? it could have been worse.....lyndsey de paul....? ;0p

LYNNIE - it was very comforting, and quite enlightening in hindsight. sweet dreams to you too!

FN - if only it were as simple as lotto numbers.......;0)

TONY - oh ok! i shall email soon.... ;0)

NATH - nothing like it hey? but yes, not here. hope you're ok? x

ROB - msg is mental. it makes me so thirsty i could drink an ocean, but not the one with the lovable dugong in it though! ;0)

COFFEE - yes, more photos!!

BUD - no, you is xx

JUNKIE - coffee is awful enough without adding nuts, why? why? i drinketh not from the coffee cup, but i love the smell in the morning...ahhh

GARY - yes i have its meaning sorted i think. how long have you got..?

8:56 AM  
Anonymous ja.mes said...

i caution thee about the lions in the closet, such fierce creatures, i fear.
i used to have nightmares all the time when i was still struggling to write the j-a...(with age, comes letters but little else)
i remember waking up once after dreaming about alien landings...i was three or four. i woke to see the moon through my window, and thought it was the spaceship--there's a lot of other lights in the city, so this wasn't too dimwitted. i was so scared i couldn't move. during that time, i realized it was the moon and i was an idiot. so eight years later, i began cutting out paper spaceships and taping them to my window, or photographing halogen lights upside down using black and white film. they looked incredibly fake but i sent them in to ufo-themed magazines and got one published (a tiny blip zooming near a water tower). fast forward another ten years or so, and a good college friend told me he had actually seen the photo i submitted (under a false name) and was terrified by it (and everything else in those magazines). still fears aliens and the grainy pictures of their spacecrafts.
was there a point to this story? who are you going to scare?

6:41 AM  
Blogger Sherry Snowdrop said...

I have to admit to a certain admiration for Lyndsey De Paul.

On the down side it would be terrible trying to resist the temptation to like her mole.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Saul said...

Hmmm. I think that photo is really cool. Your blog has a real earieness (sp?) to it. Very cool.
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1:35 PM  

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