Troyakos’ Dancing Bears

I used to regularly have big, wonderful dreams — a vision of a bare-breasted Goddess of Life And Death treading shoeless between rows of corn that were planted over buried human skulls, for example; of a make-or-break career exam (I had two hours during which the questions would scroll slowly past on a screen, and if I didn’t do well on it, I would never have a place in life) in the middle of which a short story came to me entire, and I decided to write it and blow off the examination. These vignettes seemed to mean something; some even had a certain majesty.

These days a different provider seems to have taken over. Last night I found myself embroiled in some sort of political and academic conference in the context of a looming global war, and one of the attendees, illogically, was a nasty, thuggish frat-boy type who was clearly physically abusing his mousish girl-friend. I had already called him out on it, so he decided to embarrass me by producing a worn outfit of my clothes, underwear included, burgled from my hotel room, implying that I had slept with him. I came within an inch of knocking his head on the floor when I thought “I can do this without breaking a sweat, but it will get me arrested and we have bigger fish to fry.” And indeed we did, because confidential word came through that the missiles were flying.

There was already a well constructed bomb shelter a few miles away where we had a claim, and I gathered that someone who was not supposed to know had already taken off for it in a zippy little sports car, but he was only one person whom we could accommodate and we had a vehicle that would transport all the rest of us. Whoever was driving floored the pedal. The landscape was mountainous; one gathered that the shelter had been blasted into the rock. As we rounded the last hairpin turn before the entry, a small vehicle with a trailer pulled past us and the driver turned to wave: a smiling, jaunty young woman wearing a blue begoggled aviator cap, reminding me a bit of the little manikin in the Cox Communications ads (I have never had any dealings with them). The panel on the side of the trailer read: “Troyakos’ Dancing Bears.”

I actually Googled it. It didn’t match any documents. I feel irrationally relieved.

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8 thoughts on “Troyakos’ Dancing Bears

    • I’m flattered that anyone finds a dream of mine actually fascinating. (I vacillated about putting this up; it’s always hard to know if you’re just babbling tiresomely about these things.) I decided a good long while ago that anyone who writes fiction ought to remember what they dream and keep a notebook, though if I can hold them in mind until I get to the computer I can type faster than hand-writing.

      It is annoying how fast they can evaporate sometimes. I lie there briefly when I wake up and distil the critical elements into a few mnemonic phrases that I can use to dredge up the rest of the material.

  1. When I first read “Troyakos’ Dancing Bears” I thought, hey wait a minute, I’ve had that dream!

    I’ve dreamt songs in detail, so I wake up humming them.

    But lately I don’t seem to sleep long enough to have proper dreams anymore.

  2. “Troyakos’ Dancing Bears”… It is such a great name – my mental picture is more of a wooden wagon than a car and trailer, though. I actually assumed on seeing the title that it was the name of a composition, a musical score, I can almost hear it!

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