Sevenling; Am I Awake?

Am I awake?
In a dream?
Or in between?

If we each create our own reality
what is fantasy? Isn’t all of life fanciful?
Where does “reality” have a place in this whimsical life?

I sometimes ponder these questions but the answers lie within each of us.

Lillian is our guest host at dVerse Poets for Poetics where we muse on fantasy.

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  1. Interesting thoughts here.

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  2. I hit comment too soon. I like dreaming too much I think, but I like to dream of a happy world of peace.

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    • I guess that dream of a happy world of peace depends on all the others out there and what they might be dreaming about. Or can we just make our own little sphere of life be happy worlds of peace no matter what else is happening out there? More questions to ponder! 🙂

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  3. I like the “wakeful dreams” the best. The ones where you are just awakening, yet half asleep, and you have just and eensy bit of control over the ending of your dream.
    And yes, philosophers for ages have pondered reality — is it an individual thing? I’m reminded of the “dress” that went viral a while ago — was it gold or blue? (can’t recall if those were the exact two colors) Some swore one color and others stood in amazement and asked if people were dreaming — of course it was the other color! 🙂
    Good questions here — fantasy or reality? And if reality, whose?

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    • I know what you mean about the just on the verge of waking and we incorporate something going on in our waking state into our dream. Pretty cool. And I remember the whole dress color thing, that was really interesting. I believe it had to do with whether or not people were viewing the dress in a darkened or lightened area…it drastically changed the perception of the colors. But yes, our perceptions create our unique realities. These ideas are kind of fascinating to me. 🙂

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  4. Glenn Buttkus

     /  April 12, 2016

    We are prisoners of our personal perceptions for sure, but if we go all Zen here, time does not exist beyond the veil, & reality exists because, we, as powerful spiritual entities (some say co-creators of life on earth) wish it.

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    • I do tend to lean in the direction of being co-creators here. I don’t know too much about Zen but I believe that time only exists in that we’ve co-created that too as a tool in this life. I used to (wrongly) believe that people thought the way I did when I was much younger and now realize that there are as many realities as there are people who live them.

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  5. Such a profound write..!!

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  6. Sometimes I find myself conflicted between reality and whimsical life ~ Hey, we did a sevenling 🙂

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  7. I think our muses must have touched base with each other last night. Or maybe we are just dreamers. Isn’t the sevenling a fun form?

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  8. Very profound Gayle, I like that notion of it being within us…..

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  9. Sometimes the line between reality and fantasy is VERY thin!

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  10. Love that you Sevenling-ed this, Gayle. 🙂 And the possibility of double meaning in “answers lie” in the last line makes me infinitely happy.

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  11. I do think it may be hidden… But if it’s cased inside… Maybe it’s too hard to break its shell.

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  12. Kind of reminded me of Bohemian Rhapsody:
    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
    Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality 🙂

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  13. So I think we should all make a date to go sevenling again 🙂 ….. and a new verb is created at the Pub!

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  14. I believe in reality but yet wish to live a “whimsical life” 😉 I sevenlinged too!

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  15. Very apt for us as we have just been to the museum on the famous poet of Portugal, Fernando Pessoa. He really struggled with reality and wrote so much under different names. It is possibly a writer’s imagination that searches out for what is real.

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    • That’s very interesting, Georgia. Fernando sounds like an interesting person but I hope he didn’t struggle to the point of unhappiness. I think it could be very easy to get lost in the questions.

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  16. So true!

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  17. I like this piece. Though it is short, it makes you think deeply about the world around us.

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  18. Life is very whimsical.

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  19. So many questions — rhetorical? We each weave each other into a collective fantasy, pretending all along, that we each are the weaver. Good way to start the morning — a poetic philosophy.

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    • Well if you want to try and answer, feel free. I would like to hear what other people have to offer. Thanks for coming by, Sabio.

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