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.