launch party

he sits in silence
reading his own book — clearly
recognisable
from the self-portrait on the
back cover — yet unobserved

In the dream, I looked up to this person as a teacher. Reminded me a little of a man named Gerry Calleja who used to run a Life Class I attended in the 1990’s. Of course, awake, this has to be taken as symbolic of my own ability to ‘author’ my own life. The unknown self who is always there, and creates the experiences I have. The situation in the dream, of an author’s avoiding the party at his own book launch, and preferring to sit reading his own book — is certainly characteristic of me (although the skill to paint a self portrait in oils is not). Not that I have ever had a book published. Yet.

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