On Point

I rarely remember my dreams unless I wake up out of them in that witchy time of night before dawn between 4 and 5 am. Today’s prompt  dives into dream dictionaries for inspiration. Here is Day 14 of NaPoWriMo for you.

Dream dictionaries have been around as long as people have had dreams. Interestingly, if you consult a few of them, they nearly always tend to have totally different things to say about specific objects or symbols. Dreams, unlike words themselves, don’t seem to be nicely definable! At any rate, today’s prompt is to write entries for an imaginary dream dictionary. Pick one (or more) of the following words, and write about what it means to dream of these things:




Ballet slipper


Wobbly table



Happy writing!



On Point

every little girl’s dream – almost –

tuile skirt, limned figure,

hair done in chignon.

So grown up. Limbering.

Bend. And Hold

before the mirror.

Move like a swan to the orchestra.

Collect your nutcracker.


Then the slippers pile up stage left.

Not singletons like Cinderella’s.

They never mention

the daily mending of splits and frays

the cost of bandaged toes

the bloody feet enpointe

anointed by performance art.


Copyright © 2018 Bee Smith


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