Meeting Myself in a Dream

Last night, I dreamed about the city, the noise and clamour of traffic, masses of commuters streaming from the gaping mouths of the underground, heels tip-tapping, bags swinging, steaming plastic cups of coffee proffered like torches leading the way to work with their bitter aroma.  Buses rumbled, horns blared, and exhaust fumes discombobulated rays of summer sunshine into an early morning haze, a morning filed and forgotten many years ago.

This morning, I woke up to silence. No birdsong, no raindrops, not even the odd swish of tyres on the wet tarmac. Older? Wiser? A different person in a different place. I don’t miss the anonymity of crowds or the pace of life, but I do miss the confidence of the woman I’d become. Now and then, we get together in dreams but, after reminiscing, we go in different directions down the imperturbable street.

Kim M. Russell, 8th June 2020

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Prosery Monday:  Different Directions

Merril is our host for this Monday’s Prosery, when we write a piece of flash fiction with a beginning, middle, and end, or nonfiction, anecdotes or eshort essays, of no more than 144 words, which must include a specified line from a poem.

Merril has chosen a line from ‘An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire’ by Gwendolyn Brooks:

“We go in different directions down the imperturbable street.”

30 thoughts on “Meeting Myself in a Dream

  1. Oh, I like what the prompt brought you.. to confront the very different self you are describing. Partly this pandemic has shown me something better than the way I worked before. I wonder where that self is hiding now… maybe the lust for concerts and museums will bring him back.

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  2. Great write, Kim. It reminded me of a conversation with my son this week. I told him there was a time I flew into strange cities and drove rental cars with confidence. Now I find myself intimidated to find my way around our new community since we’ve moved! I used to be a multi-tasker, now I’m one task a day!

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    1. Thank you, Bev. I;m the same. I write a list every day of the things I need to do, tick off the ones I accomplish, and move things that can be postponed to the next day. I don’t know how I managed it all before.


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