Friday, August 7, 2009
This is not an erotica post
I know it's the weekend and there's a picture of a naked woman, but really, this is not an erotica post. It's a dream post--or more precisely, a nightmare post. For the past few nights I've had a series of unsettling dreams in which I see a woman who looks very much like Persephone above, splayed out naked in some rustic place, usually near a stream. Her body is always beautiful and desirable, impossibly perfect, except for one thing: She has no head. It's clear to me in the dream that there's a serial head collector on the loose, though I never seem to be able to persuade the police or anyone else that something is seriously amiss when decapitated ladies start turning up along the scenic waterways.
I bring this to the blog because I have always had violent dreams, but they've never once featured a headless corpse until now. I thought I must be going seriously off the rails, but just out of curiosity I googled "meaning dreams decapitation," and was surprised to discover that this is actually a very common dream image. I'm curious--anyone else out there have decapitation dreams? Or maybe something even weirder?
Persephone, Thomas Hart Benton, 1938.