By Judy Todd
In my dream, I was on the street, among the people in the neighborhood, trading clothes among ourselves so we’d all have something to wear that fit us. I was trying to find a funeral at the church, but I didn't know which church, so I was scrolling through a list, like a teleprompter, trying to find the name and location and the time of the funeral, all the while moving and driving and feeling anxious and hurried to get there – but I didn't know where there was. (dream clue: pressure to act in time)
I was driving a big Mercedes, and found the empty parking lot, just now opening up for the day; it was a parking lot at a church. As I pulled in, the far gate opened and cars poured in from the other direction towards me, surrounding me as I hurriedly grabbed a spot and tried to fit into it with the big car I was driving. Finally successful, I got out and walked toward the assembly doors. (dream clue: privilege)
Thankfully, I suddenly woke out of this hurried, busy, confusing dream. And what was waiting for me were thoughts – that DT was our actual president and that he too woke up this very morning in his first day as that person – and that his mind was anxious, stretched, troubled, and overcome with the powerful excitement as he remembered. Then he recalled he didn't have to go to work until Monday to start signing since he was still celebrating his victory.
It was a strange rush of unsolicited thoughts and I was fascinated how top of mind they were. The phrase that came to my lips, ‘millions of delusional thoughts and minds’ replaced the William Stafford line from “Thinking for Berky”, ‘We live in an occupied country, misunderstood; justice will take us millions of intricate moves.’ What a blessing to wake from a troubled land of sleep and dreams and find my way so quickly to such a poet as this, and to his brilliance and his shared experience of being a conscientious objector in his own time of national difficulties.
May we all be poets now, for surely our words are some of the intricate moves on the ‘long arc of the moral universe bending towards justice’ [i] to which both Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King spoke on other days when our nation’s integrity was at stake. Let us join the conversation, re-visit the words of great leaders around the world, and speak up for truth and integrity for all beings on our small blue planet. It’s home to us all.