We walked across rolling hills of rich earth.
One woman ran far ahead, the other still in sight.
I followed slowly
wiggling my toes into layers of red-brown soil
that turned into golden sand
then into a slope of lush green grass.
My friend Dorothy sat down on a piece of cardboard
And slid down the hill with a smile on her face.
Having no cardboard, I did not want to get grass stains on my white skirt.
So, I danced and skipped down the cool grass,
ran up the next rise, and stood on a hill.
The beach below was deserted
except for Dorothy wading
into the royal azure water.
A swell as big as a house
Rose slowly in front of her.
She started swimming up the blue wave
that crested and then stood still,
Huge, peaceful, translucent.
I waded into the water
and saw her way up near the top of the wave.
She pointed below her at a hound dog
swimming under the water
like a fish, or a dolphin dog,
completely comfortable paddling
through the liquid blue Jello,
The dog breached occasionally to say hello,
while the giant wave just hung there waiting.
while the giant wave just hung there waiting.
As I swam up the swell, I saw the hound dog
turn into a statue and drift down
to become an underwater memorial
like Christ of the Abyss.
Dorothy and I swam in the luxurious blueness
as we watched out feet wave like kelp
And the dog statue, now far below,
faded from sight, though not from memory.
We did not want to see beyond the swell, wanting it to last forever.
But finally, we reached the crest
On the other side a bridge
led back to “civilization.”
We swam that way because we knew it was our destination.
A soft beach rose to meet my feet.
I must have been dawdling
Because my friends were way ahead.
I followed their trail into a building
But didn’t see them.
I desperately wanted to talk about our experience in the water,
To hold on to it, and know that it had really happened.
Then I realized I was in a hospital
walking down a hallway.
Confused, I thought I saw a room with a pool.
but when I looked in I didn’t see a pool,
Just a couch.
It was like a waiting room.
Children with light brown skin
Sat in the corner.
I wanted to tell them a story about a big blue wave
That lifted us up in the air and held us
For a moment when time slowed
And gave us a glimpse of something deeper.
But that’s when my dream ended.
There have been many times in my life when I dreamed about giant waves that were frightening. This dream was very different. This giant, mysterious wave was patient and peaceful. I enjoyed seeing my friend Dorothy in my dream. The hound dog was Doodle who we lost several months ago. For a beautiful underwater video of Christ in the Abyss, click here.
I created the top photo by turning this bottle upside down and cropping the photo. Colored glass bottles are some of my favorite things. I collect mostly blue bottles, but also amber, green, yellow, and a couple red and purple ones.
August 6, 2020 at 9:57 am
Wow. So beautiful.
August 6, 2020 at 3:16 pm
August 6, 2020 at 10:07 am
Wow! That was a cool effect.
August 6, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Thanks, Dave. Glad you enjoyed it.
August 6, 2020 at 10:56 am
So beautiful the dream and the picture JoAnna!!!
August 6, 2020 at 3:25 pm
Thank you! I loved playing with the blue glass to make the picture.
August 6, 2020 at 11:24 am
Very well done. I guessed a bottle, but not what you did with it.
August 6, 2020 at 7:52 pm
Thank you very much, Derrick. I had to take out some letters on the bottle, too. It says “sage.”
August 7, 2020 at 2:33 am
August 6, 2020 at 11:49 am
Dreams as detailed as the one described can reveal so much to us of the state of our subconscious mind. Love your creative seascape of blue waves.
August 6, 2020 at 8:26 pm
Thanks, Rosaliene. I looked for pictures of waves, but none of them gave me the feel of the dream wave as much as this one. This dream was so vivid and wonderful, I had to write it as soon as I woke up.
August 6, 2020 at 3:40 pm
elegant story telling of your dream! I felt washed in blue, loved it!
August 6, 2020 at 9:40 pm
Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ka. It was a delightful dream.
August 6, 2020 at 4:51 pm
Beautifully done, JoAnna.
August 6, 2020 at 9:43 pm
August 6, 2020 at 6:36 pm
This made me so sad. I’m glad it was just a dream. And, it makes lotsa sense the end explaining the dog. In a sense the dream gives your dog a peaceful place….
August 6, 2020 at 10:22 pm
Thank you for clarifying that peaceful place for our Doodle. The dog in the dream didn’t seem distressed, though of course, losing Doodle in real life was very hard. Most of the dream was wonderful. In the end it felt confusing and frustrating, but I’m holding on to my most vivid memory – delight of swimming in the big blue wave. I hope you can feel some of that, too.
August 7, 2020 at 2:30 am
I definitely felt that part too.
The just being.
August 7, 2020 at 1:37 pm
Poignant musings on your blue wave dream JoAnna.
August 7, 2020 at 10:54 pm