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Dream Song 101: A shallow lake with many waterbirds

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 A shallow lake, with many waterbirds,
especially egrets: I was showing Mother around,
An extraordinary vivid dream
of Betty & Douglass, and Don—his mother's estate
was on the grounds of a lunatic asylum.
He showed me around.
A policeman trundled a siren up the walk.
It was 6:05 p.
m.
, Don was late home.
I askt if he ever saw the inmates—'No, they never leave their cells.
' Betty was downstairs, Don called down 'A drink' while showering.
I can't go into the meaning of the dream except to say a sense of total Loss afflicted me therof: an absolute disappearance of continuity & love and children away at school, the weight of the cross, and everything is what it seems.


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