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Dreams 2022

Dream 89
(3/23/2022)


I am
at work

wandering
the test area
looking for
something
to do

the racks
are empty

but I find
a box
on a stand
between
the two
thermal chambers

there’s
a crank
coming out
of one side

I begin
turning
the crank

thinking
that I must
look like
an organ grinder

or like
I am making
ice cream

oh well

at least
it’s something
to do

coworkers
pass by

not seeming
to notice
this lowly
manual labor

some kid
who looks like
a teenager
grabs
my arm

“I’ve got
a job
for you

outside”

we walk out
into a huge
parking lot
bordered
by other businesses

a convenience
store

an automotive
repair shop

several
fast food
places

a grocery
store

suddenly
I realize
that I am not
wearing
my badge

I tell him
that I need
to go back
to the plant

“just go
in there”

he says
pointing
to the convenience
store

“ask
for lost
and found”

I go
inside

tell the cashier
that I’ve lost
my company ID

she brings out
a box
from beneath
the counter

I see many
driver licenses

credit cards

and other
IDs
of various
sorts

but not
my badge

~

I am
standing outside
in the parking
lot

I don’t see
the guy
I was following

I don’t see
the plant

I think
that I have
most likely
lost
my job