You held me in your dreams,
Gold blue sang my name,
Clouds swam, fears flew.
Voyage of us.
I am a big fan of the work of Shaun Tan’s work. If I pursued solely illustration and writing, I would aspire to be as darkly humorous, odd and moving as Shaun Tan. As it is, I hope that the inspiration seeps into my projects anyhow..
In his book, “The Red Tree”, there is an illustration where the character looks longingly as a magnificent fantastical aircraft appears in the window frame. This is succinct representation of the idea of longing, dreams and desires. The illustration captures the feeling of separation between a beholder and a vision of a feeling/state of being/experience of fulfilment and magic.
In the poem, is a doorway to those moments as they appeared for me. For the dream to be real, one first dreams it, but to dream it, one might tell the story first.
I once attended a talk about lucid dreaming from Charlie Morley, and he was so happy, I felt quite irritated by him at first, (I did not feel so great at the time), but his bliss was so infectious I have remembered him with a sense of curiosity, and his words about dreams and how to work with them stay in my mind.
One of the ideas was that dreams are your subconscious writing you a letter. E.g. things that deep in your mind that you don’t really think about consciously surface when you are asleep and try to figure themselves out embedded in a play/movie that manifests as a dream. Charlie says you can learn to control your dreams and talk to the characters in them, ask them what they want from you.
Another interesting thing that Charlie says is that one way to be more adept at taking control of your dreams is to talk about them and think about them during conscious moments.
All this is taking me back to the talk I went to a number of years ago!