I dreamt I had an abscess on the side of my jaw, and it grew into a large, swollen lump whose soreness began to paralyze the right side of my face. Dark, threadlike matter began to poke out from its center, and I started picking at it. After awhile, a small bluebird started making its way out of my face, and eventually just sat there, perched half sideways at an odd angle, still attached to my face (feet still anchored beneath my skin?). I stood in a bathroom mirror, the bird and I staring at each other, bird cocking its head almost in question. I don’t remember what became of my face, or what happened in our interaction after that.

Toby Smith


United States

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