On Shakespearean Dreams

My dream began in a school auditorium.

Seats were the hard wooden pull-down type. Nothing special.

The auditorium was packed.

My former boss was there. So, too, was Arrested Development star Jason Bateman.

The speaker took the stage. The audience stood.

We began to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag…”

And so this went.

Until we got to the final words of the Pledge.

Where, instead of reciting, “With liberty and justice for all,” I recited:

“Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and St. George!'”

Henry V. Act 3, scene 1.

It’s the speech where Sherlock Holmes’ famous, “The game’s afoot,” comes from.

But I didn’t just recite it.

I shouted it. In my dream.

The dream ends there. I have no reaction shots from the audience. I have no idea why the Pledge of Allegiance should have ended with King Henry’s rally to his troops.

And it’s not even the famous speech from Henry V. No St. Crispin’s Day speech in my dream. No “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.”


Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George.’

It’s not even St. George’s feast day. The patron saint of England — his feast day is in April, I think. This is still March.

I have weird dreams.

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