NaPoWriMo Day 14: Dream Dictionary

This poem was written in response to the prompt for Day Fourteen:

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

Dream Dictionary (teacups)

Just as a teacup is designed to hold
hot beverages such as tea, your dreams
are designed to hold all of the worries
you gather over the course of your day.
If you dream of teacups, this suggests
you have been thinking about duties
lately. If the cup is empty, your
subconscious feels as though you have
managed to carry out all of your duties
effectively, just as it is the duty of a
polite guest to drink all of their tea
even if they didn’t want it, or to find a
way to discreetly empty their cup into
a pot plant, drain or absorbent pillow
so as to appear grateful. If the cup in
your dream is full, you have much
work still to do. If leaves are left,
consider consulting a tasseographer.


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