Monday, November 17, 2008

Where Does the Time Go When You Sleep?

Where Does the Time Go When You Sleep?

Where does the time go when you sleep?
Does the air speak of metronomes
or laugh memories until it weeps?

My head rushes to still
after the day’s gorging and supplication
the bent brain regains the solitude of what is real.

1 comment:

Om Mani Padme Hum said...

"My head rushes to still
after the day's gorging and supplication"

I love this. It reminds me of being empty before I go to sleep.

Also, the question "Where does the time go when you sleep?" is very engaging. It's a great first line, it just pulls me right into the poem. It's also quite profound...it seems this question is actually pointing beyond time and space. We know in dream, we have a body, thoughts, and a world. In this waking state, of course, we also have a body, thoughts, and a world. In our waking and dream states, names, forms and thoughts appear to occur simultaneously. But in deep sleep: no mind, no body, no world.

I find balance when I can live fully in the world and yet be inwardly still and silence in each moment. Here, even in action I don't feel like I'm doing anything at all. Everything just happens by itself. This is the balance that has been happening recently that I'm so excited about: i now see motion and stillness are one reality.

Love,
jake