Blue Water in the Sun

Native artifacts and sculptures on my desk

The bronzes are mine, the rest are Native and who knows

I was walking down a hill beside a silver forest. The trees were straight and thin like leafless aspens close together, but metallic, alien, and inorganic. The grass along the edge of the woods was purple-black. I bent down to look at something curious I can’t recall and then moved on. The path led to a clearing on a bluff. The ground was glossy smooth and orange-brown. Beyond this was the water, bright blue water, rippling in the breeze beneath a blazing sun. To my left beside a creek or cove, I saw the strangest tree with two thick, beveled, horizontal branches positioned like the arms of an oriental dancer. Nothing like the others, it could have been a sculpture, though I knew that it was something almost living, vaguely sinister, and wanted to be seen. I stared at it a while and then moved on.

By then I’d walked to the edge of the bluff. Half-seen also to my left, two tall figures, humanoid in form but rounded, bulbous, half-transparent, dimly there and not-there. I knew that they could see me, though they gave no sign and didn’t move. Nothing that I’d ever want to gaze upon directly, and I didn’t. Below, the water, blue and wide and natural, the only thing in motion, obviously deep. Sunlight, bright light, reflecting off the surface. Whether lake or river, there was no way I could tell.

All of this a dream, of course, and vivid. During a now-forgotten stretch I woke up several times, conscious enough to read the glowing numbers of my bedside clock. Each time I fell back asleep and picked up where I’d been, like walking through a door.

John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • christian ienni August 24, 2015, 7:32 AM

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn

  • M.J. August 24, 2015, 8:41 PM

    Ok, you’ve been definitely kidnapped by the aliens! Ha! Sounds like the beginning of a science fiction book.
    I’ve found dull waking hours usually make wild dreams . Total escape from the dull and boring.
    I would watch out on those long walks maybe a premonition.

    • JHF August 24, 2015, 9:13 PM

      Actually, it makes (symbolic) sense to me. Any dream this vivid, especially with colors, is usually significant, too. I’m talking to someone about it in a couple of days. A body of water almost always has to do with the unconscious. I recently had another dream that took place on a beach by a darkened ocean just at dawn. In this one, the sun is already up, and the water is a beautiful blue color. All very relevant for me. 🙂

      Another person, especially a pro, can “read” the symbols in ways the dreamer can’t. I’ll probably see something I hadn’t thought of.

  • M.J. August 24, 2015, 10:16 PM

    Just kidding, sorry I offended. Good luck with the dream interpretation.

    • JHF August 25, 2015, 12:04 AM

      Offended? Not in the least! I knew you were kidding, anyway. I just like to explain things, whether it’s necessary or not. Just ask my wife. 🙂

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