arrest the dream

You wake up at 0230.
A bird is persistently making the same call and you are as awake as if you had never slept. You experience none of the grogginess that often follows sleep.

It was a dream that brought you to the surface and you just manage to catch the tail-end of the story, but then it’s gone. No matter how hard you try the dream got vaguer by the second. As it vanishes  it crystallises for a moment into an idea. Something quite clear. Something you have to do. But even that vanishes if you can’t arrest it. If you don’t catch that either then you’ve lost two important messages that were prioritised above your sleep.

You lie there stumped. A good start to the day.

If you could only press record when that happens, like tapping the screen of your mobile twice when it is set to ‘sleep mode,’ and then talk as fast as you can explaining the dream, apologising to your partner who is either blissfully unaware of your ordeal or used to the script already.

Arrest the dream. Create a picture. Bring it vibrantly to life. Set the background of the canvas of your new day with it.

Whatever you have to do, keep the dream alive.

12 thoughts on “arrest the dream

  1. Idoni says:

    Love that…… You are so talented xx


  2. Mr Nothing says:

    Thank you Merle. No this is not a paid subject matter. It is entirely grown on my own vegetable patch of the mind.


  3. Mr Nothing says:

    Thanks Carlton I appreciated that. I am definitely thinking about a sequel.


  4. Mr Nothing says:

    Kind words. Thanks. I will not disappoint.


  5. Mr Nothing says:

    Awesome. I hope you enjoyed the lunch!


  6. Mr Nothing says:

    Thank you. Encouragement is so nursing.


  7. Mr Nothing says:

    Hi Darrin,

    I am also new to this blogging activity. A lot of work is relative. I would say no but then I am also used to sitting down for many hours to write and I have a certain tenacity to see something through.
    I have written two books and published one, the other is in the process of editing. You will find them under my blog under Writings.
    If I could suggest anything then it would be “do it.” Go to, signup for free and start writing what is on your mind. It really is quite simple. Then you will pick up ideas along the way. The point is not to aim for perfection the first time round (actually never) just get on with it and the rest happens.
    Hope this help and thanks for your kind words.


  8. Mr Nothing says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. Yeah a few pics tell a thousand words. So true. Thanks for your encouraging words.


  9. Mr Nothing says:

    Thank you and you are welcome.


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  11. Mr Nothing says:

    Hallo Tanya,

    I use WordPress. There is huge support, they have been around a long time and millions use it. It works!



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