Magical Moment Mondays: Sleep

Sleeping TigerSuch true words of Shakespeare: to sleep per chance to dream. The loveliness of sleeping is eluding me lately but I have my moments. And those moments are indeed magical. The right context for sleep is critical. Temperatures too hot or too cold will just not do. And the bed accouterments must be just so. Crisp sheets are awaiting and soft pillows and blankets are hopeful for cozy slumber to take hold.

Stealing moments of sleep during the day is something that I know some people make a habit of because they enjoy sleep so much. I have tried that from time to time with little success though the occasions when I was exhausted enough to sleep during the day were delightful. Sleeping in when you would otherwise be getting up to brave the day is one of my favorite times of sleep. On those weekends when there are no required activities, sleeping in is welcomed. Dreams optional but also welcomed!

Variation on the Word Sleep
by Margaret Atwood

Sleepyhead PuppiesI would like to watch you sleeping,
which may not happen.
I would like to watch you,
sleeping. I would like to sleep
with you, to enter
your sleep as its smooth dark wave
slides over my head

and walk with you through that lucent
wavering forest of bluegreen leaves
with its watery sun & three moons
towards the cave where you must descend,
towards your worst fear

I would like to give you the silver
branch, the small white flower, the one
word that will protect you
from the grief at the center
of your dream, from the grief
at the center. I would like to follow
you up the long stairway
again & become
the boat that would row you back
carefully, a flame
in two cupped hands
to where your body lies
beside me, and you enter
it as easily as breathing in

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
& that necessary.

XOXO RachelSheep alseep

Published by Rachel Mueller-Lust

I'm a writer, artist, executive & life coach, wedding officiant & Life-Cycle Celebrant®, psychologist, media researcher and teacher. I explore language, relationship & connection, living a fulfilling life and the beauty & wonder of the world.

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