Old Men And Disrupted Sleep
Old men pee in the middle of the night,
Oh yes, and go mad. That, too.
There is no kingly howling to their visit to the loo.
Just a shuffle, groping for a light, then back to bed.
Perchance to dream, but probably not.
A fleeting thought escapes: Is this it?
Is this all there is to life?
A turn into the pillows carries them back to a land of sleep
Where daughters never betray them and
Glory fills the mountains with the sound of their name.
Souls grow weary of this mortal coil that binds.
Time to slip off that thread, hopefully, without too much madness.
Poetry And Creativity
This poem was born out of an on-line chat with fellow meditators on the topic of waking up in the middle of the night. It is with a bow to a powerful poem, Old Men Go Mad At Night, written by Tennessee Williams in 1972, and references to Shakespeare and King Lear that I offer it.
Students of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®) can bring radiant energy to their reading of poetry as well as the writing of their own prose and poetry. Exploring the meaning behind the words is part of the fun.
Expand your creative expression by choosing to focus on particular TRT® hands-on positions, such as Head Positions #2 and #4, also Front Position #1. Connect with your TRT® Authorized Instructor for guidance and refer to the book, The New Expanded Reference Manual of The Radiance Technique®, Authentic Reiki®, Third Edition, by Dr. Barbara Ray, Ph.D.
Even in our dreams, we dream of awakening.
Man walking through a gate: photo by h.koppdelaney