Dreams and Butterflies

Sam Varteniuk Tells The Future

I’ve had at least three nightmares a week for as long as I can remember. Some of these wake me up screaming, others make me think and some even make me wonder what the hell is going on inside my mind. I remember one where I watched a home burn from atop a hill. People screamed for me to help them but I couldn’t move. I could hear sizzling and popping sounds…I recognized some of the voices. Then a smouldering figure came out of the front door of the home and walked directly towards me for what seemed a long time. When he reached me me choked me to death/wake. That one I woke up sobbing.

Sometimes I can control my dreams, other times I know I’m dreaming but can’t seem to make things click (slow running, can’t punch, a bra that will never unclasp etc.). But every once in a while I get a dream where I’m completely serene, sitting in the middle of a field surrounded by apple trees. I can smell the sweet naturalness of it…I can in tune with everything and my heartbeat slows to a golf clap. Then I realize I’m dreaming and try to control it again…just to see if this is one of those where things will work out for me and I’m in charge. I then turn to see a gigantic red dragon sleeping calmly next to me. I wake it, tighten the saddle that just appeared on its back and we take off. We destroy countless villages from the sky, raining a voluminous fog of fire and smoke upon the terrorized country side. We then take to the sky for one final swirl through the clouds and the clouds and the clouds. I am so happy I could cry. Then I wake up because I have to pee.

Published by: thetrentwilkie

Trent Wilkie is a husband/father/writer/journalist/performer in Edmonton. Trent has written for CBC Radio, Fangoria Magazine, Edmonton Sun, Exclaim Magazine, Fort Sask Record, Theatre Network, The Edmonton Fringe, and is currently pouring his heart and soul into his award-winning blog The UnDad. As well, Trent has also been a wilderness canoe guide for over 10 years which he now considers therapy. Trent is also a member of Mostly Water Theatre, a sketch comedy troupe and has performed in a bevy of Edmonton International Fringe Festivals to varying degrees of success. When taking time off from trying not to be boring, Trent likes to relax while watching horror movies and trying to write the perfect three chord song

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