It was the cleverest of all my dreamers
who provides the next example. She had
rebelled, violently, against the idea
of having to spend the summer
with her mother-in-law, so she’d engaged,
successfully, rooms in a far distant
resort—in order to avoid the propinquity
she dreaded. Now it just so happened
that I had been lecturing her the previous
afternoon on the principal of dreams being
fulfillment of wishes (though often disguised)
when she came to report a new specimen:
She was riding in a luxurious carriage
beside her mother-in-law, across a
dazzling landscape, to the place
in the country where they were
to spend their holiday together,
the two of them laughing & smiling &
congratulating each other on the
wonderful summer that lay ahead.
“Now, Herr Doktor, hasn’t this dream undone
the solution I had wished for? Is it not
the sharpest contradiction of your theory?”
No doubt; but it was only necessary
to follow the dream’s logical consequence
in order to arrive at its interpretation.
The dream showed that I was wrong. Thus it was her
wish that I might be wrong, & her dream showed
the wish fulfilled. So I was right.
Peter J. Grieco is a native of Buffalo, NY and teaches writing at the University of Buffalo where he wrote his dissertation on working-class poetry. He is a prolific song writer and poet. His work has appeared recently in Bond Street Review, Tiger’s Eye, Right Hand Pointing, Poehemians, Paper Nautilus, Constellation, Sand, and Chiron Review.