SLEEP               
                                    
                                          
 SLEEP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF  THE 
 DAY.  SLEEP  IS  SAYING  GOODBYE  FOR  A 
 WHILE.  IF  YOU CAN  DREAM, YOU ALSO GET 
 TO  VISIT  FRIENDS  AND  OTHER  ANIMALS. 
                                          
                                    
                                          
 DEEPER  THAN  DEATH  IS TO BE ALIVE  AND 
 ASLEEP. IT IS DEATH IF IT WAS  TEMPORARY 
             AND REJUVENATING.            
                                          
                                    
                                          
 SLEEP  IS  A  BLACK  MARBLE  OUTSIDE  OF 
 WHICH THERE IS  NOTHING.  INSIDE IS  ALL 
 THE  STARS   AND   IN   THE   MIDDLE   A 
 BLACK LAKE.  AT  THE  FOOT  OF THIS LAKE 
           STANDS AN OLD FRIEND.          
                                          
                                    
                                          
 WHEN  YOU  SLEEP ALL  SOUND IS INTERNAL. 
 WHEN   YOU  SLEEP  YOUR  BRAIN  SHRINKS. 
                                          
                                    
                                          
 IF YOU WISH TO MEASURE SLEEP, USE  THESE 
    FOUR QUANTIFIERS:: GRIP, DEEPNESS,    
    OTHERWORLDINESS AND REVITALIZATION.   
                                          
 GRIP GOES FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO  LET GO 
 ALL  DAY  (LEFT)  TO   NOT   CARING   TO 
            REMEMBER (RIGHT).             
                                          
     DEEPNESS GOES FROM BEING SEVERAL     
 HUNDRED METERS  DOWN  (LEFT)  TO  BARELY 
       TOUCHING THE SURFACE (RIGHT).      
                                          
    OTHERWORLDLINESS GOES FROM A SINGLE   
  COHERENT DREAMSCAPE (LEFT), VIA NORMAL  
 DREAM  AMOUNTS  (MIDDLE)  TO  NO  DREAMS 
                 (RIGHT).                 
                                          
 REVITALIZATION  GOES  FROM A  FEELING OF 
 NOT HAVING SLEPT AT ALL (LEFT) TO  BEING 
 FULL   OF  ENERGY  AND  MAYBE   OPTIMISM 
                 (RIGHT).                 
                                          
                                        
                                          
 HIGH  OTHERWORLDLINESS AND HIGH  GRIP IS 
     A PARTICULARLY EFFECTIVE COMBO.      
                                          
                                    
              SEE ALSO              
                                    
                                          
              SLEEP DEITIES               
               THE BLACKBIRD              
                SOLIPSISM                 
                                          
                                    
            FURTHERMORE             
                                    
                                          
 THIS IS  STILL  A  PLACE: HERE,  IN  THE 
 SILENCE,   DARKNESS  AND  NIGHT   -  AND 
 LONELINESS,  HOLDING A KIND  OF DILUTION 
 OF   REALITY,  AND   SUDDENLY  IT'S  NOT 
 IMPORTANT  THAT  I  LIE  IN  MY BED, THE 
 LACK  OF   PRESENCE  BRINGS  THE  NOTION 
 THAT,  IF  I  DO  NOT  CHOOSE  SLEEP,  I 
   CHOOSE PAST, FUTURE, SOMETHING WITH    
 MORE   SUBSTANCE  THAN   THE  OBJECTS  I 
          SURROUND MYSELF WITH.