Microfiction Dream

I once had a dream that was so real and intense it reminded me of the Chinese Philosopher, Chuang Chou, who dreamed he was a “butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, a veritable butterfly, enjoying itself to the full of its bent, and not knowing it was Chuang Chou”.  tallandtrue-below-the-sea.jpg

When he awoke and came to himself, Chuang Chou said no longer knew whether he had dreamed he was a butterfly or whether he was now a butterfly dreaming he was a man!

And from my dream, I wrote “Her”, part fiction, part reality, mostly surreal. I wrote the story way back in 1992, but reading it today, I recall the intensity of the dream and of waking from it.

The story is a tad short for even a short story, so it sat around in my “writing ideas” folder until I was asked to review a collection of microfiction. And in doing so, I realised that this was the perfect genre classification for my story!

25 years on, I finally polished and published  “Her” on TallAndTrue.com, an online magazine and forum for writers. Have a read and let me know what you think of my dream inspired microfiction.

© 2017 Robert Fairhead