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Things are not what they pretend to be in dreams, but lately mine have been intense. Last night they were in full color and had smells. I met a ten year old boy in a little boy T-shirt with horizontal stripes who showed me a place I thought I recognized. It was the interior of a dwelling or an office, cramped, a little dark, seasoned like the dusty dead socks presence of an old adobe. (This might have been in a museum.) There were two other individuals, tall young men dressed like Mormons, looking after things, who saw us enter but ignored us. I told the boy I’d spent many years there in the past.

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.  

  • garrett phipps November 27, 2017, 5:11 PM

    I won’t even try to interpret that one! But I strongly believe dreams are more than just the brain reshuffling itself. As a child I was tormented by nightmares and waking dreams. As an adult, I’ve always agreed with Borges that nightmares are screams from hell.

  • JHF November 27, 2017, 11:30 PM

    I think dreams are absolutely vital. The inner landscape is quite real. I would have killed myself years ago without the guidance and the symbols in my dreams. I’m no expert on nightmares, but I’ve had a few—they usually involve abandonment. The dreams that stand out are redemptive in different ways. There are several I remember almost every day.

    This one is easy for me to understand. It’s amazing how the meaning grows if one allows things to associate.

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