A Poet's Journal: February 16th, 2015


February 16th, 2015

Dreams are enough to make us believe that our own personal view of the world is somehow the secret underlying meaning for which all things happen.  They are the confidence which renders meager doubt into absolute truth and hesitation into full-on action.  But none of us will admit that dreams are reality, that they are not illusion, nor that they are always positive, and yet time and again we are told to live by them, to follow them, and to play the role which we have fictionalized in our heads.

Though it is separate in our understanding, the dreams of sleep and the emanations of our waking hours, are but one and the same.  There is even a certain pleasure in pondering if the exotic nature of our dreams holds a meaning to the current situation of our lives.  Such is the wonderment of recognizing the imaginative play of the real and the illusory, or the duality that seems to balance out life, because somewhere within the dream we believe there is a reality at which we will perhaps one day arrive, or is yet unattainable, or was even a path we did not choose to go down.  So much of it comes from the belief that we hold our destiny in our hands, that our efforts and our thoughts are pure and have meaning, or are the contrary; and much of it is from the idea that our private lives are what is illusory and what we strive for outside of that is reality.  'It was like a dream', 'I thought I was dreaming', we say unwittingly after an event or the passing of something of importance, but it is only because we have created a reality outside of the experience.  It is truly hard to know when we are dreaming, even when we are awake and consciously moving about in the world, but even harder is finding out what creates illusion.

Douglas Thornton


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