I pinch the skin of my arm, hard,
on the subway platform. Too many times
have I asked myself, Is this a dream?
and said Nooo and moments later awoke.
My brain has a top-notch video card
and way too much memory; when I try
to spot a dream through little tricks
– light level adjustment, stationary text,
tactile precision and complexity,
the clarity of every texture and detail –
every sensation swells right up to greet me.
Even now, as I carefully inspect every
pore and follicle on this red, throbbing welt,
I’ll never be quite certain.
Salvador Dali A by photographer Philippe Halsman, 1948
Have you ever had an experience where you couldn't remember if it had happened in real life or just in a dream?