A Cosmic Test?

I’m one of those people who dream in color.  I grew up thinking I was special because of these vivid nocturnal images, only to later discover that most people dream in color.  Apparently, a lot of folk also share common dreams about such things as flying, forgetting about a class until exam time, being naked in public, etc…  So ok, I’m not so unique; but do others dream in single words?

My recurring dream last night was limited to a single word: bifurcation.  The word appeared as a written image in bold print and I repeated the word as some sort of mantra for what seemed like hours, only to wake up and realize I did not have a clue what the word meant.  I must have heard of, or had an awareness of the word; however, for the life of me, I can’t remember where or why.  I awoke thinking my wonderfully creative brain had created a new word to which I could attach an equally creative definition.  No such luck there.  Google informed me the word had many definitions as well as theoretical applications in disciplines like math and sociology. In the rare event of a test, here is one definition:

verb (used with or without object), bifurcated, bifurcating.


to divide or fork into two branches.


So, today’s waking hours will be spent pondering where I may have heard the word, and why the hell did I waste my valuable dream time staring at the word in bold block letters? Is this some type of divine omen delivered by a cheeky god who likes to test my interpretive skills?  I certainly would have preferred my usual pornographic images in living color. Hell, I would have even preferred the old stand by: showing up for a final exam in my underwear. But nooo Now I’m stuck with this stupid word rattling in my head all day like a bad Dan Fogleberg song.

Am I approaching a divergent fork in my life’s path?

Am I going to experience some type of metaphorical mitosis?

I really don’t know, but now I’ve also got a bad Dan Fogleberg song stuck in my head.  Fuck!  I’m going back to bed.


Keyword: Test


About Phil

Hi, my name is Phil. I’ve managed to escape the corporate world, rid myself of excess belongings, travel the country extensively in my old Winnebago, and find a new home on a beautiful barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. I define myself as: a free spirit, a writer, a philosophical anarchist, a poet; a lover of nature, a lover of art, a protector of animals, as well as a devoted friend and partner
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18 Responses to A Cosmic Test?

  1. Christa chn says:

    @Phil, I feel you on this one, Iol, I know sometimes how these weird dreams sometimes collapse in the brain synapses.

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  2. …dreams are odd…indeed. Nice work Phil😄

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  3. Haha! That happens to me too- that dream that sticks and you wonder where the heck that person or thought cam from!

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  4. Shannon says:

    Found you via the Daily Post!
    You gave me my first laugh of the day- bravo!
    If I had Dan Fogelberg stuck in MY head for more than thirty minutes, I would likely walk off the nearest cliff. :p

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  5. Paula Light says:

    I learned “bifurcation” when my marriage became increasingly difficult in early 2009. It’s a way to divorce now and finish splitting assets later; celebs do it all the time. I mentioned it to my ex and he flipped out, thinking I’d been to a lawyer (I hadn’t). So, he moved out impulsively. Whatever! Thank you, Google. 🙂


  6. animar64 says:

    I can’t read in my dreams- the worlds are just a meaningless jumble of weirdness. However I can make sense out of numbers. Do you know what I’m no good at? Math. I hate numbers. Go figure.


  7. Sheryl says:

    Oh Phil, silly and fascinating Phil.

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  8. weapon x says:

    bifurcation is a word that’s familiar to me. i’m a geography student and its used to describe river network patterns. maybe nature’s just calling out to you 🙂

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  9. Would love to visit you in Mexico sometime 🙂 was reading your introduction in he about section 🙂 sounds intriguing../
    Great you left your corporate drab life to become a writer !!!!!!woah writing is glamorous

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