the logic of nightmares

,Three doors. I see the doors and I know I have to choose one…or one will be chosen for me, and I know that is what I should avoid at all costs. In my nightmare I am awake, and aware that I am not asleep.

The door on the left seems to be shimmering almost like the effect of a digitalized signal from a satellite dish, emitting a low, almost inaudible hum. The door on the right appears to moving, pulsating in a boundless throb, which is sensed rather than physically felt. By contrast, the door in the center is mundane and nondescript.

On the floor beneath my feet is a Venn diagram, two overlapping circles, one painted black the other white, with the overlap section painted with silver. I stand in the very center, but I am not a body but only an ephemeral wisp.

So, as the time became the present, with an urgency for me to choose one of the doors, I am aware that the time has run out,and I make my choice:

… the center door.

Just as I reach the door the knob falls off in my hand, the door still closed…with no hint at what lies within.

I know, in the dream, why I have chosen this center door. It is my nature to be of the conviction that nothing is ever black or white, but only shades of grey. Therefore the point of this nightmare is this–whatever the potential value or cost of what unknown trash or treasure lay behind the two doors will be modified and adjusted by the common influence of the leveling and equalizing features of the Venn diagram.

The point? There is rarely a point to a nightmare.





6 responses to “the logic of nightmares”

  1. NavinChaudhary Avatar

    I agree – often things are not in black and white but in the shades of grey. Interesting ideas. I was looking for the logic but you dismissed my notion with the concluding lines. ๐Ÿ˜„

    1. Gradmama2011 Avatar

      It was sort of a cop-out, I admit. This was only a hypothetical nightmare, of course, so it was fictional. Had it been real I probably would have done more analysis, but I will say that the details just came from my brain through my fingers to my keyboard, etc. so it was “sort of” like a dream. I especially liked the Venn Diagram reference, which came out because of the two doors and my attempt at applying the mysterious door as a combination of the two extremes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. NavinChaudhary Avatar

        Haha that’s wonderful. Well we can certainly call it a dream – day dreaming perhaps? Yeah, it need not be a real dream but the way it was written with the Venn Diagram concept. Really nice idea and it is first time I am seeing the use of Venn Diagram apart from mathematics in school and college.

      2. Gradmama2011 Avatar

        Just a note about where that dream came from. The WordPress blogging101 class, and the Daily Prompt (also WordPress) feature assignment/suggestions for blogging. I try to do them, but with the ceilings coming down and all that I am swamped. Writing is my first and last love.
        This particular prompt was something like “in your nightmare there are three doors, and do not know what is behind them. You must choose one.” As I said before, that was not a real dream, but one I made up. I had no idea where it was going, knew I wanted the middle door, a combination of the others two, so = the Venn Diagram.

      3. NavinChaudhary Avatar

        That’s good. I have not used the Daily Post cues so far but I did write many a posts as part of writing 201 class. It was fun although I couldn’t finish all assignments. The daily post and blogging classes do help in developing a routine/ habit of writing regularly and ofcourse an audience.

      4. Gradmama2011 Avatar

        The routine of daily writing is what I need, as well. Having the classes helps, although half the time I write on other topics, which is optional. I have always been a writer, and although I mean well unless I have a crutch it is too easy to put it off until later and then not do it at all. I spend a lot of time fiddling with the mechanics of the blog site itself, which is distracting but fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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