A Dream


I do not know why,

We dream,

The dreams,

We dream,

But we do dream,

Both, while we are awake,

And while we sleep.


Experts on such matters may say it is our subconscious effort to resolve some long-standing problem, to express our innermost feelings, emotions, unfinished business of the current day, and so on. Some even say, dreams are not dreams at all, but nothing more than electronic impulses between brain cells releasing leftover thoughts. To most of that I say hooey!

All I know is I do dream deeply at times, and at other times the dreams seem as fleeting as chasing the wind. Sometimes I remember the dream completely and then after a few hours I barely remember any of it. Other times it is forgotten before I roll out of bed. However, not this dream, now it stuck with me.

In this dream I was in a house, not my house either. It was a farmhouse with big rooms, and tall ceilings. I was with a group of people…I assume I was, as I just know there were others there in the living room with me. However, I do not recall speaking directly to any of them, although they did speak to me. I do not recall furniture either, I can only assume some existed. You see, in this dream there was a lot of commotion about something going outside and I wasn’t really concerned about people’s faces, furniture, or even paintings hanging on the wall or the wooden railing of the stairs leading to the second floor it was about the threat outside those tall farmhouse windows that mattered to me, us.

We stood in small groups at various windows of the living room looking outside past the green lawn, weeping willow branches, and the white picket fence at the most extraordinary thing. Black bugs crawling down the street that resembled large crickets about a foot long. They moved independently, as to say they were not in any kind of formation, just one massive group of blackness crawling down the street. I do not know if we were in town or out in the country, but these bugs were everywhere. Soon they were even crawling on the windows. We all stepped back from the windows, even though I felt an overwhelming calmness. Not only in me, but I sensed it from those around me. No one panicked or uttered anything alarming. We all seemed to know that the bugs could not harm us while we were in the house.

Then there was a roar, a distant low buzzing which grew louder and louder, until it was almost deafening. Someone looking out one of the windows shouted to me, “Come see,” and as I looked out the window I saw in the sky many planes flying west in formation. How I knew it was west I do not know, I just knew. The planes covered the sky from horizon to horizon. Large dark gray planes, with a sheen about them making them seem as if new. I did not see any markings indicating country, or numbers, or even windows. They were prop jobs, meaning they did not have jets, and they sort of reminded me of World War II Flying Fortresses, but these did not have the glass domes on the under belly.

I am sure there was more that happened in that farm-house than I remember, but then everything became blurry. I was now standing out in a field by an irrigation pump. A low concrete encasements projected into the ground about five feet, filled with water and the water ran over a spillway into the field. The water ran down an irrigation channel, pooling in spots. In these pools, tall grass grew. I saw in one of these pools something moving and swimming around. A large black crawfish about a foot long crawled out of the water onto a slab of concrete. A voice from behind me said, the crawfish was large because it ate the cricket like bugs. As I turned to the voice I woke up.

During this dream I felt underlying tones as if an invasion were taking place. By who, what or where I do not know, but the feeling was very strong, but yet, there was no sense of panic, anger, or deep concern…Maybe deep down inside we all knew the crawfish was on our side and nothing could harm us…Weird.

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