Mid-Day Covid-19 Nightmare

5/22/20 – Sapsucker Woods – Lansing, NY

After my morning hike I fell asleep. I do not have many nightmares, but over the course of my life the vast majority of them have occurred during daytime naps. I do not know the science behind the rhythm of this, but I feel it must be something about sleeping out of step with my biological clock. In dream I fell short of breath, concurring the cause was the covid virus. I struggled on foot to a nearby hospital. The line of patients were not wearing masks, also having forgotten I panicked and fled home to retrieve mine. I never made it back, instead deliriously slipped into bed. I was dying and eventually summoned the strength to scream. My eyes opened.

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