The Grapevine Art and Soul Salon
Presentations: Barbara Knott
host of the Salon, wrote this poem after musing on some of James Hillman's thoughts about dream animals, among them the following:
Animals wake up the imagination. You see a deer by the side of the road, or geese flying in formation, and you become hyper alert. Iíve found that animals dreams can do this too. They really wake people up. Animal dreams provoke their feelings, get them thinking, interested, and curious. As we get more into imagining, we become more animal-like. Not bestial, but more instinctually alive, and with more savvy, a keener nose and a sharper ear.
James Hillman & Margot McLean, Dream Animals, l997, p. 2.
my inward eye reviews
stars scatter and brighten
the eyes of fish in a river shoal.
beneath a tall pine tree.
Nearby, brown stench of river rot.
Very close, musk from the dappled buck
to strike the ground
from its roost;
a watersnake slides into the deep.
I am no longer stuck in the problem of you.
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