Dream Within a Dream ~Edgar Allen Poe ~

Dear Sister,
My story gets told on every corner, every back alley, in the board room, the court room and on the cat walk run way.
All my love to you,

Take this kiss upon the brow!

And, in parting from you now,

Thus much let me avow —

You are not wrong, who deem

That my days have been a dream;

Yet if hope has flown away

In a night, or in a day,

In a vision, or in none,

Is it therefore the less gone?

All that we see or seem

Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar

Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand

Grains of the golden sand —

How few! yet how they creep

Through my fingers to the deep,

While I weep — while I weep!

O God! Can I not grasp

Them with a tighter clasp?

O God! can I not save

One from the pitiless wave?

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?

Sleep well.

And Hrodpreht is gone in the twinkle of an eye.

My dear Katherine, the golden grains of sand in this hour glass have run their course, and Hrodpreht can no longer abide this aquarium, he has been my humble servant, my little showman. And so I ask you to hold on to his feeling and release him back into the gone wild hall of mirrors of this world drenched in the age of Aquarius.

Sand castles can and will be rebuilt and that’s our play on the tormented shore. As Carlos Castaneda quoted Don Juan, “Knowledge comes floating like specks of gold dust, the same dust that covers the wings of moths. So, for a warrior, knowledge is like taking a shower, or being rained on by specks of dark gold dust.”

And if I got some in your eye, then be glad, because you are not alone, those are my tears as well. And pour them out upon your paper and dance in the vesica piscis of a world unfurled.

All my love to you!

Cresting The Source

Boogie boarding is like riding the driving force of the collective unconscious. You guide with your hands, but the Divine Power will take you where it wants, which is exactly where you’re supposed to be, regardless of your designs.

What I see as I ride the crest is blue skies, white clouds, and golden grains of sand. And you standing in the surf looking out over the cresting waves at the far horizon. The Wizard looking across the sea of the collective unconscious to the land of <Cuba??>

I hope someday we go there together.

p.s.  I found a sea bean from your far shore where you learned from the magician.  I found it way up in the dunes last weekend, not buried, but begging by tickling my fancy to be picked up and put in my treasure chest.

Yes, I hope someday we go there together.  Even if it’s just Cuba.  I miss you.

The Mermaid and the Magician

~written by Hrodspreht; mused by me~


And if I take her hand and guide it where it yearns to be
Will she lose touch of all her cares?
Seeing what she sees, perched aloft a swelling wave
In an unknown place
A foreign shore
And she wonders
Have I flown too far?
Scintillating fiery sea surrounds a tousled mermaid’s glee
And she wonders
Will no one play with me?


A mirage upon the sand, some frozen figure standing firm
Feels no wind, nor surf, nor spray
Nor hears the sea gulls chattering away
He’s feeling something she’s not felt
And he wonders,
Would she stand as I?
At my side?
Let’s go haunt the sunken ships
And search for treasure at the ferry slip!
She shouts across the sparkling plane
Perhaps he’s hungry, thirsty maybe?
Musing with a flutter of her tail
Why’s he such a bore?
She’s diving, chasing schools, hands searching Poking, prodding,
Scallops for dinner and urchins too
This swim is for you, not me,
I mean me, not you, argh, ours?


Well, the ocean currents have their course…
And what was it I was after?
Something, something…
…need a word…

I have forged three arrows in my wake: my commitment to smoking, my vow to not write a book, and my vow of solitude. These three arrows are my gift in flight to my family, my signature upon the air, each arrow tipped in the reflexive, not vengeful, strike of a scorpion tail. –The Magician

Dear Magician,   

Have you departed through your mists back to your Island?  I didn’t ask you if the Princesses lived there with you, but I get a feeling you’re all alone.  I know I should ask permission to use your Internet words (do they at least have Internet on your island?), but I have attributed them to you, see?  And I don’t know if I’ll ever hear your writing again.   You left me with the vision of  “grains of golden sand sifting through your fingers to the deep.  While you weep. (Poe)

Your self-image of tragic despair and your defensive archaic manipulations must crack up and flake off like your proverbial eggshell.  I know you are pure light inside.

You are a tricky magician. (Aren’t all magicians?)  I love to be magically manipulated (doesn’t everyone?)  But it’s your turn.  You should enjoy the delight, also.  But I think maybe you are too attached to your tragic image.  Not once did your words sound like laughter.

You will not escape the literary world if I can help it.  I’m going to talk to you here–I’m sure you’ll hear it there for water carries sound–and at the same time take care of my blog that nobody reads hahaha.  I think this will be a reverse transcendence, for you need to come back to earth and find a different launching pad.

It’s okay, your feelings are safe with me.   I tend to trudge the straight and narrow.  (There are those who would laugh I said that.)   Maybe I’ll gather a few obscure stories from you for my grandchildren?  They should be so lucky.

You have lived as a leather eggshell for so long, it won’t take much for you to find your solutio.  Life may be your solutio!

I need to tell you, I changed my mind about my wish.  I desire to integrate compassion, not power.  I leave the power in your hands, individuated power of integrity, wielded with wise authority.  Albedo?  You’re incubating.  Oh! and it’s your novel that will hatch!

And!  Since you’re The Magician, you can call upon the powers-that-be to influence the literary agents to actually open, and even read, your query letter.  I’m so delighted!  Can you tell?

From one who has been magically manipulated,


P.S.  Here’s one for the grandkids.  This is how you opened our conversation.  But I have to cite Fowles.

It’s all about the story.  We both know that.

You might enjoy this:

The Prince and the Magician ~Reprinted from The Magus, by John Fowles

Once upon a time there was a young prince, who believed in all things but three. He did not believe in princesses, he did not believe in islands, and he did not believe in God. His father, the king, told him that such things did not exist. As there were no princesses or islands in his father’s domains, and no sign of God, the young man believed his father.

But then, one day, the prince ran away from his palace. He came to the next land. There, to his astonishment, from every coast he saw islands, and on these islands, strange and troubling creatures whom he dared not name. As he was searching for a boat, a man in full evening dress approached him along the shore.

“Are those real islands?” asked the young prince.

“Of course they are real islands,” said the man in evening dress.

“And those strange and troubling creatures?”

“They are all genuine and authentic princesses.”

“Then God also must exist!” cried the prince.

“I am God,” replied the man in full evening dress, with a bow.

The young prince returned home as quickly as he could.

“So you are back,” said his father, the king.

“I have seen islands, I have seen princesses, I have seen God,” said the prince reproachfully.

The king was unmoved.

“Neither real islands, nor real princesses, nor a real God, exist.”

“I saw them!”

“Tell me how God was dressed.”

“God was in full evening dress.”

“Were the sleeves of his coat rolled back?”

The prince remembered that they had been. The king smiled.

“That is the uniform of a magician. You have been deceived.”

At this, the prince returned to the next land, and went to the same shore, where once again he came upon the man in full evening dress.

“My father the king has told me who you are,” said the young prince indignantly.

“You deceived me last time, but not again. Now I know that those are not real islands and real princesses, because you are a magician.”

The man on the shore smiled.

“It is you who are deceived, my boy. In your father’s kingdom there are many islands and many princesses. But you are under your father’s spell, so you cannot see them.”

The prince returned pensively home. When he saw his father, he looked him in the eyes.

“Father, is it true that you are not a real king, but only a magician?”

The king smiled, and rolled back his sleeves.

“Yes, my son, I am only a magician.”

“Then the man on the shore was God.”

“The man on the shore was another magician.”

“I must know the real truth, the truth beyond magic.”

“There is no truth beyond magic,” said the king.

The prince was full of sadness.

He said, “I will kill myself.”

The king by magic caused death to appear. Death stood in the door and beckoned to the prince. The prince shuddered. He remembered the beautiful but unreal islands and the unreal but beautiful princesses.

“Very well,” he said. “I can bear it.”

“You see, my son,” said the king, “you too now begin to be a magician.”

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