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  • Last night:
    In the night, in his dreams, my husband D. began to chat. He opined in a friendly fashion about this and that, in that characteristically good volume totally mumbling self-conversational manner which dreamers have.

    I stirred slightly.

    Then his left hand went up. The hand nearest to me.

    He was still sleeping.

    And D., who is right-handed, began to write in the air with his left hand.

    And then D., who does not draw or paint, began to draw in the air with his left hand.

    I watched him enscribe and etch and flourish the air with his left-handed creations. Then he fell back into quiet pillow life.

    What did his left hand know? Was he a secret painter? Did his left hand write things in the night which his right hand knew nothing about? Does our other-handedness in the night have a secret clandestine creative life?

    Like the woman who bakes cakes in her sleep? Or the man who drives off on missions in his PJ's? Was one of D.'s REM lobes a secret artist?

    Last year, for fun, I tried writing and drawing on the computer with my left hand, although I am right-handed.

    This is one of the things my left hand created.

    It felt free, in a kind of awkward bony new body way.

    It tapped into a tentative sleeping part of me.

    (Painting/sketch by Susan's left hand, January 2011)
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