Dogs 2006

A LESSER MORPHEUS
(12/30/06)


I lie here
waiting for sleep
to deliver me
from the
disappointments
of today

but
while I wait
I am treated
to a show
of vivid pictures
insistent voices
and shifting visions
of uncertainty

I am not
yet asleep
so not
really dreaming
since I know
that I'm in bed
and can hear
the rhythm
of my breathing
and the various
creaks and groans
of the old
house

I can even
crack my eyes
just a bit
to double expose
my darkened room
over the striking images
detected by my subconscious
muting them somewhat
with a touch
of reality

I have
always been
an active sleeper
walking
talking
screaming
through the nights
since my youth
so really never
attached any importance
to these extracurricular
nocturnal shows

years ago
an old woman
a seer
so she said
had told me
that the sights
and sounds
were other lives
past
present
and future
that I was living
simultaneously
though usually
unaware

great

I didn't have
enough imagination
for the one life
that I knew

as with most
of life's mysteries
I simply accept them
these days
but wonder
if one psychic step
in any direction
would take me
backward
forward
or to the side
of this everyday
existence

usually
I just
lie and wait
for the real dreams
and nightmares
to begin