Friday, October 14, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #975 Nightmares of the Heart by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 14, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #975 Nightmares of the Heart by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 14,  2016

                      Nightmares of the Heart

                                             by Janet S. Tiger   
                                     c)  2016    all rights reserved
              (The actress is quiet, almost...dreamy)

I have had weird dreams this week.

Is it because the New Year started?

Tonight is the first Sabbath of the New Year - do I wonder more this year about what is to be?
And what about my grandmother's locket falling off in my sleep, and awakening to know this
and to find the locket - the 'o' ring gone, but the locket all right, safe.

And the necklace - on loan from my daughter - unbroken.

Is it an omen?

We humans love omens.  They are precious to us, for we know we have no idea what is 
about to happen.

So we pretend, we imagine, we believe that an omen will tell us the way.

When it does not work, we are not deterred, because – of course - it was our own fault.

We say we did not have enough faith - or we just weren't listening to our hearts enough.
Whatever allows us to keep going, to keep fighting….to keep….. believing.  

And when the omen does - by chance – work……we believe all the more strongly.

Because hope is an amazing drug.  It is an elixir that - like a drug - enables us to keep going
even when every scientific fiber of our body tells us there is no chance for success.

So we struggle on, we stumble forward......holding that precious hope in some secret place.

And then we see something that proves that hope was right - 
a flower
the sunrise
a tree
a friend
a tree who is a friend
a baby
a success where none was expected
a victory when defeat was all but inevitable

We win.

And the nightmare is vanquished - the fear and pain and loneliness and
worry in the dark....gone.  Or maybe it's just almost gone.....until the next nightmare.....

       (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Omen or....Amen....maybe I should sleep on it......

        (Exits to sweeter dreams)

Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315      
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