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5 November: Dreams …

The rock was heavy but not: it had a hole in it.In the hole were two small scorpions, pinkish-gray. They were sleeping.I carried the rock around the house and showed the scorpions to the dogs. They were not impressed.The scorpions woke up and the war began — I flung the rock and flapped my hand as the smaller of the two scorpions had crawled out and onto my flesh.I crushed them: one by dropping the rock on it and standing on the rock, the other by stomping.I lifted the rock and saw a dark stain on the rug from where the small scorpion met its demise, its carcass lay crushed to the left of the stain.The second, larger scorpion was in two pieces: it wasn\’t real. Its mechanical innards showed like the gears inside a timepiece.And then, I woke up.

6 Comments on “5 November: Dreams …

  1. My wife told me last night how snakes (pythons & constrictors) maybe others too, literally squeeze the life out of their prey. I knew this on some level, but it wasn’t something I think about. Now of course, I can’t stop thinking about it. LOL I am fortunate enough, or not, depending on how you feel about it, to not remember most of my dreams. That was a weird one. I wonder what it means?

    1. From a health point of view, it might mean you aren’t sleeping deeply enough 🙂 About a thousand years ago, I remember reading that in a class — we only dream when we are in deep sleep and we remember them when we are in really deep sleep!

  2. Yikes! When I read that I was like “Wow, what if you had got bitten by those horrible little scorpions!” Then I ‘clocked’ (pun intended) the ending and I thought “Oh thank goodness, what a weird dream!” I wonder if you had read or seen something about scorpions the previous day/few days ago before writing this? These kind of things tend to manifest in my dreams if I have been watching something that is icky or scary and then my dreams mix it all up, especially if I am having a sleepless night. At the very least you managed to crush the scorpions, so that is empowering in your dream 🙂

    1. I do live in scorpion territory so it is possible. Every so often, I have neighbors who post about seeing one. I’ve lived here for 11 years, 12 next summer; I kick myself for not shaking out my shoes when I wear closed ones (most of the time I have sandals or am barefoot), still. The idea of seeing one for real is terrifying. What scares me more is if one of my dogs met one!

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