Double Vision

From time to time, twins—identical twins—show up in my dreams.

Not the same pair, different pairs.

In these dreams, I’m always puzzled by their appearance.

Twins are a paradox.  They are the same, yet different.  Different, yet the same.

That’s the dilemma of humankind, isn’t it?  I’m the same as you, yet I’m not.  We’re together in this life, yet we’re apart.  That creates the key conflict, as I see it:

How can I identify with you, yet maintain a sense of my own identity?  How can I protect your interests, our interests, and my interests all at the same time?

The twins in my dreams don’t answer those questions for me.  They just show me the reality.

Any new mythology will come from the same unconscious source as our dreams.  So our new mythology may likely use a similar symbol to express this paradox to us.

Even with a new mythology to help guide us, the resolution of this dilemma will be a struggle.  So the new mythology must also confirm a promise sometimes found in our dreams: that such a terrific struggle toward greater understanding—toward peace—is worth our best effort.

© 2010, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry

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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and have lived and worked all over the United States.... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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