Copyright by Flora Breen Robison
SLEEP AND YOUR DREAMS
Your body’s at rest in slumber
Your breaths are slow and even
All sense of time is lost to you
How long have you been sleeping?
Sleep has surrounded you with peace
Providing warmth and protection
From the conscious world
A world that can hurt you
Is this a dreamless sleep?
Is sleep dreamless until the world,
The world of consciousness beckons?
Or is this sleep full of dreams?
Can you sleep peacefully
If you are dreaming in your sleep?
Is there such a thing as peaceful dreams
Or are all dreams restless thoughts
Before we wake up to consciousness?
When consciousness beckons
Do dreams unfurl in the mind?
Are they a host of scenic pictures
Moving past like a movie screen
With sounds, and smells, and talk?
Are they sending a message
To your unsuspecting brain
That you will not remember at all?
Or are you fully aware of everything
At all times- of both your dreams
And the fact that you are dreaming?
That this is not for real?
Are you aware of what is happening
But not that you are dreaming?
When you awake will you remember
Where you were and what you said-
Everything that happened in your dream
Or will you remember nothing
Or perhaps something but not everything
A fragment of speech or action
Was it a nightmare or were you happy
Were you angry, lost, or hungry?
Do you feel the same now you are awake?
What happens when you dream?
Do you know what happens when you dream?
P.S. I am rarely able to remember more than a few seconds of any dream I have had, and only then if it were a nightmare. I don’t remember what happens in happy dreams. I only know they are happy if I awake smiling.