Jung Would Have A Field Day With This

Finding meaning
in a dissociated dream,
searching for the right track
at the train station
with a girlfriend,
dressed up like tarts:
garters, stockings, no underwear.
A dream-sargeant finds you
before you board the train
and subjects your tender girlfriend
to a cavity search
for unidentified evidence.
You have no inkling
what this might be about,
but you are ashamed anyway.
The dream-sargeant turns to you,
that you are excused this time,
but her finger’s on the trigger,
hammer cocked.
Best to get dressed
and wipe off that mascara
before the consequences are amplified.

Hedgewitch challenged the Real Toads with a word list derived from Carl Jung’s Man & His Symbols, including: meaning, dissociated, tender, inkling, trigger, and amplified.


  1. This is a fascinating twist on the list, Marian, exactly what I was hoping someone would do--that is, really *be* in the dream, and make it real. Your images are wry, bt also ominous and sinister, even, combining eceryday objects and places with the surreal juxtaposition of Other which we always find in the dreams that really bug us. I love it all, especially the way you've balanced creepy-scary and dream logic. Thanks for playing,girl.

  2. Jung would, and you did. Bra-vo.

  3. I thought my dreams were bad... but I'm thankful they have stopped short of cavity searches!

    Your surreal vision swept me up, and I felt myself in the clutches of one of those dreams you'd rather wake up from than see how it ends.
    This is a sterling piece, Marian.

  4. What a fascinating dream ~ The use of the dream sargeant is a good approach but yikes on the ending of consequences ~

  5. Again, I have images I can't unsee...lol Great piece!!

  6. The last lines turn this dream fraught with danger into the sort of relief that floods our pillow when we realize we were only dreaming. Loved it!


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