The palliative medication I take to try and control Parkinson’s disease is pretty awful, one of the many side effects is hallucinations and vivid dreaming. Hallucinations are not a problem, I’ve only had 3 in 8 years. Vivid dreaming is quite regular and following a recent drug increase they have flared up . I can’t convey how real they are and can be amusing, interesting or absolutely terrifying . Still, rich source of imagery for a poet………….every clouds got a silver !
These are actual dreams.
DOPAMINE DREAMS 2
There’s an old man,
pale watery eyes watch, what I don’t know.
But they’re slow.
They look at those passing but that’s not what he sees.
Too many trees,
both hands rest on his walking stick.
I read ‘Jesus loves you’,
but we’ve never met, so it’s a bit odd
for the son of God,
the only thing I know about this complete stranger,
he was born in a manger,
I decide I don’t like the way he looks
or the halo
Soft manic laughter
lies heavy on the carpet woven Bluebells,
of children it tells
that were lost in time when their carnival moved on
and all had gone.
But they play together now in a place of beauty