Magic Box

(September 3,1992)

The Unwanted Dream


The blue marble roof!
With a golden chandlier
The big wide sky spread!
Tiny fluffy white cusions
Here and there
I flew from one cloud to the other
Sitting on a white dove
To levitate through the sky!
And I was feeling heavenly!

The dove vanished
All of a sudden, Why?
Alas! I should have learnt flying!
Like any other Newton's apple
I fell down to earth
Through the gustly wind!
God! My bum was burning!
Bloody friction? Or sharpnels?

Within a moment
I was trapped
Inside the swarm
Of a thousand iron bees!
Thunderbirds, dogfighting!
When the grey cloud took over
After the flames engulfed
I saw a lightning!
I'm still falling!
Down to earth
Which seemed so petite
Like an open magic box
Without any secrets!

The parade of thousand steel ants
Who spat exploding saliva
Hearts were squealing
Under their chained legs!
Someone's home!
'The Home Sweet Home'
Now the dust of dreams!

Earthly wonders shattered
In to the ruins of somebody's sin!
And I fell in between
A man with a gun and no limb!
A woman holding a dead child!

- - - - - - - - - -

Startled and awake from
This scary dream
I wiped sweats off from my forehead
And I heard a buzz
Of an unknown Iron bird
Looking out through the window
I saw no fluffy clouds
Nor the big blue sky
An unwelcomed bird
Which forgot its diapers
Dropped a thousand metal eggs
In my godforsaken head!
And I was in heaven!

Submitted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 06, 2013

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To those who died in war for the reason unbeknownst to them

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  • Freshman - 1,817 Points Bri Edwards (9/23/2013 2:39:00 PM)

    check out: chandlier and gustly. yes, truly it has the flavor of a dream. i like the poet's note : (and the poem.
    at least you ended up in heaven. send a post card. thanks for sharing.

    i esp. liked: Like any other Newton's apple

    and:
    The parade of thousand steel ants
    Who spat exploding saliva
    Hearts were squealing
    Under their chained legs! ...............very creative and expressive. bri :) [sent to MyPoemList] (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (9/8/2013 12:19:00 AM)

    @Dinesh Nair & Valsa George: respecting you, and touching my ears for the words which have more of your kindness and less of my contribution...i am here to learn poetry from all of you...thanks with regards! This poem is contextualized as the poet mourns for the people who died in war and the futility and destruction in war! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,845 Points Valsa George (9/7/2013 11:03:00 AM)

    Steely images Aswath! Great! But I am a poor interpreter of dreams unlike Shahzia who seems to supercede even Freud and Carl Yung! Dreams can never have much coherence! Initially the flight was heavenly, but unfortunately you fell down. Once fallen down, there will be attacks from all sides. There can be showers of pellets of steel and attacks by vultures and finally succumbing to the hostile world! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,845 Points Akshaya Pawasker (9/7/2013 9:01:00 AM)

    may you dream more dreams happy and sad and convert them into poetry heavy and glad.your vivid dream brought vivid images infront of my eyes.lovely write. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,133 Points Dinesh Nair (9/7/2013 7:39:00 AM)

    Excellent interpretations by Shahzia Batoolji.... Most of the interpretations have psychological importance and this review is quite superb. Everybody cannot do it.
    Aswath`s future dreams with or without futuristic connotations can also be explained by you madam.
    Dear Aswath, please dream on.... Shahziaji be tracing his dreams till the best of his optimistic perceptions are explained sooner or later. Thank you Aswath and Shahzia. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (9/7/2013 12:55:00 AM)

    The role of Dreams in literature is usually symbolic, these are not always associated with the night sleep, but these are most often the poet's mystic or visionary conceptions composed in the mind...i would like to thank you aswath for improving upon my review of this poem:

    1: this is a phantasmagoria, with
    rapidly changing scenes;

    This is no nightmare. This is a dream which is a reality. The broad
    and unwanted reality is reflecting through one's subconscious.

    2: images are furious and alien; Yes, since reality too.

    3: the 1st stanza is calm but carrying a tone of
    ominous foreboding: First stanza is about everyones desire to be
    peaceful in the world. Dove represents peace and cloud represents
    countries.

    4: the sudden vanishing of the dove is a
    sudden shock to make him realize
    the inability to be skilled in flying: Vanishing dove is equal to
    vanishing peace...

    5: the iron bees, and man with a gun look like
    the symbols of weapons or
    war or some disturbance like this...

    Reference to Iron bees means fighter planes. Iron birds mean bombers, Man with a
    gun is the foolish man who even fought when he knew he could not move...

    6: ref.to sweet home is an unconscious
    nostalgia: More than a nostalgia. Sweet home is the home that we belong. Earth...

    7: the unwelcomed iron bird dropping the
    metal eggs is a threat to security
    and peace.

    8: dead child is not a good sign of future.
    generation: The dead child refers to war crimes... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,133 Points Dinesh Nair (9/6/2013 8:14:00 AM)

    I appreciate your memory power that made you pen down your nightmare. I am happy with the new and apt words used to write this poem.
    There is a book ' 400 Dreams Interpreted ' in which a similar dream gets analysed and if my memory is correct, it is like this ' Aswath is going to live upt hundred years with similar longevity for all your kins'. KEEP DREAMING.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 69 Points Kavya . (9/6/2013 2:12:00 AM)

    a very scary dream....the vanishing of dove and u falling to earth landing again into a troubled path.........
    i believe, a peaceful sleep is the one without dreams, unfortuantely very few enjoy this (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,178 Points Geetha Jayakumar (9/5/2013 11:19:00 PM)

    Aswat, It was a fantastic write..Its an unwanted dreams. But each stanza was very interesting to read..I laughed a lot...Concluding one was very interesting, directly landed in heaven..
    It was a fantastic dream for me as my all thoughts goes in this way only...No pleasant thoughts on way...
    I loved the way you have expressed so beautifully. Heartfelt....++++10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (9/5/2013 1:36:00 PM)

    the title is important, as certainly such dreams are unwanted though not out of question in these terrible times...wishing a peaceful interpretation of all the iron images! ! ! (Report) Reply

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