I’ve never been on a trip in my life…a drug trip. I’ve abused alcohol on occasion, made a road trip or a dozen, but I’ve never dropped a tab of acid. For some reason, my mind is broken, and I now understand the description kaleidoscope eyes despite mine not being drug induced. Unlike the lyrics from the old Beatle’s song, there were no “tangerine trees and marmalade skies.” My scrambled and flaring neurons fired in black and white. It was just a damn dream!
I slept in my recliner. Upright to offset the post nasal drip exacerbated by our extended ragweed season and the sudden change from a long summer to the late arrival of fall. Undoubtedly my location confused my blind and aging puppy and sent me down a path that didn’t include “cellophane flowers of yellow and green”. It bewildered me just as badly as any of the lyrics from Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
Tilly pawed me awake begging for attention, a treat or both. The thirteen-year-old would not be quieted until she received her puppy treat and an extended belly rub while lying on her back on my lap. Finally satiated and bored, she left me for her mommy’s side. I looked at my watch and found it to be just a bit after three…maybe it was a little after three, now I’m not sure…of the time or the blind puppy dog receiving a tummy rub. Did that really happen?
I tried to return to sleep, my mind misfiring, sparking like an electrical short. My thoughts were on our aging puppies, their aging owners and friends I have lost or are losing and not on “the girl with the sun in her eyes”.
When you’re sixty-eight thoughts of your own mortality lurk nearby, no matter how much you try to push it out of your mind. There are fewer sands in the hourglass. I don’t dwell on those thoughts but they tend to explode unexpectedly. I pushed them aside, and they shoved back…hard. My thoughts seemed to be on a repeating loop, a loop flashing from scene to scene, person to person, my own version of Dante’s Inferno on rewind.
After fifteen minutes of futility, I decided I was beating a dead mule when it came to sleeping. I needed to get up and be productive or read or watch TV…something to remove the broken kaleidoscope in my mind or at least shade the sparking. Looking at my watch my scalp crawled. My loop had not lasted fifteen minutes, it had lasted over two hours. Every timepiece in my house told me the same thing, two hours had passed.
According to my newest technological marvel, my Fitbit, I had never been awake. I don’t know which is worse, a lost two hours or living a dream so real it doesn’t seem to be a dream. Was my puppy even there?
The dream has been lost. It’s memory rendered like a wind-torn fog. If it is truly gone why am I still under its influence. A four-mile walk and a church service later I am self-medicating with a beer…or five. Maybe I should just listen to Judy in Disguise. The words make no better sense than my dream or the old Beatle’s tune…but it does seem to be a happier song.
The image is from Deviant Art at https://www.deviantart.com/ninjahekla/art/Kaleidoscope-Eyes-114938033
For other gentle musings go to Don Miller’s author’s page at https://www.amazon.com/Don-Miller/e/B018IT38GM
4 thoughts on “Kaleidoscope Eyes”
We’re the same age (and with sinus trouble) I can relate to your feelings!!
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Glad we are both still alive!!!!!!
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True, very true!!
Oh, gosh! I can relate to this, too! 🙂
Great write, Don!