An odd dream
, even for me ... Everything took place in Egypt
. The setting was a journey
back to the roots of religion
. A theme trip, if you will, and the part in my dream was a visit to the original temple
of the Jewish
people in exile
(don't ask me, it's my subconscious
coming up with this stuff) and a visit to the pyramid
The sky was, cliche-wise, the color of red wine
Read that again. The entire dream
, be it morning
, that sky remained red as blood
, red as wine
. That's the most poignant image remaining with me, that red sky, against the backdrop of the pyramids and the temples, seeing a yellow sun
melting into that painfully unnatural redness. It was beautiful and scary, and even though it was a dream
, I think it will remain with me for a long time.
We stayed in a hostel
about a mile from the pyramids
. I remember a scene from the dream, checking into the hostel
, the inn-keeper (for want of a better word) showing us to the room, the sight of the red
sky through the curtains, the sand of the desert
under the sky.
Part of the stay included a guided tour to the historic sites in the vicinity
. Painfully corny, a tourbus, a group of obvious tourists with cameras, driving to one of the most monumental
sites you can imagine. I never saw a pyramid
in real life, but in my dreams, the things must have been 10 times the size of the actual buildings. I wish I could paint
, so I could impart the grandeur
of the impossibly huge buildings, built from weathered yellow stone, sticking out of the desert under that insanely red sky.
Another scene: a visit to some rooms in the pyramid
. Walking through dark corridors, the feeling of being underground. I remember the visit to the room of the temple prostitutes
, looking at mummies
wrapped in bandages
, and realizing they used to be gorgeous women.
In the dream I dreamed that I met one of them. It's an odd thing, dreaming of something while you are dreaming. Jorge Luis Borges
would have a ball with it.
It was one of those dreams that lasted for several days, but when I woke up, I had only been asleep for an hour or two.