Thursday, September 21, 2006

The danger of sleep

I did a dream at night,
as I knew I should.
I was whole in it,
so whole that I crossed a barrier
and couldn’t wake up,
dreaming until I died.
Crossing into heaven,
which was where I had been
when I was dreaming
I dreamed that I was sleeping,
restlessly in the night.
In discomfort I crossed a barrier.
When I awoke
I looked round,
sat up and cried.

12 comments:

Pat Paulk said...

I've read many accounts of "near death" experiences where the person wants to stay on the other side. You have masterfuly captured this in a dream!!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Pat! Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad you found this interesting. Your Born to Bare poem is the best poem on loss of innocence I can remember having ever read!

Aurora said...

This is excellent, Rusell. I have a rich dream life, but I often dream in poetry. This stuff is downright scary.:)

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Aurora! I dream vivid sensations mixed together thickly like a stew and wake up early in the morning with poetry just bubbling out of my mouth. It is a truely strange experience. Sometimes that happens at other times in the day but that is not as frequent as when I wake up. Thanks for the warm and welcome comment!

M. Shahin said...

"I was whole in it,
so whole that I crossed a barrier
and couldn’t wake up,
dreaming until I died."

Powerful and mysterious! This almost reflects something that happens when sleeping sometimes. We are so deep under that we can't wake ourselves up. This has actually happened a couple of times to me before. Reading this reminded me of those eerie experiences.

Thanks for describing this experience in powerful words.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks m shahin! Glad you found this interesting. Sleep and dreaming are such interesting states. Thanks for the helpful and pleasant comments.

ozymandiaz said...

Bummer. Kinda gloud now that I seldom recall my dreams.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Dreams are a mix - life is a mix too. Are you sorry you remember your life Ozymandiaz? Thanks for the visit and the comment!

ozymandiaz said...

Not at all. Lament makes kisses ever so much sweeter

Russell Ragsdale said...

Yeah Ozy, diamonds and rust.

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I looove this so much it has all the confusedness of dreaming an intriguing slant

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Sue! I'm glad you found it to be an experience like a dream (that's what I was trying for). Thanks for the great comment!