We cease to be

We cease to be


One third of our alloted time is given to sleep

A great portion of our life here on this earth

A time when all that is concious is cast aside

When we enter the portals of another existence

When heart and mind meet to journey together

To places of fantasy and remembrance of other times

Encountering faces and places known and unknown

Taken where we have not decided to visit or see

To the dungeons of danger and the delights of love

Caught in erotic pleasures or bereft in grief

In this time of quiet repose we continue to live unseen

Ceasing to be here and now but there and then

◄ The Sounds of Night

The inner Sanctum ►


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keith jeffries

Fri 14th Feb 2020 21:53

Don & Ruth,

Thank you for your comments which I appreciate and find useful.


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Don Matthews

Fri 14th Feb 2020 21:42

Nicely expressed in a poetic way Keith.

Comments from others were also interesting

Falling asleep here.......



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Ruth O'Reilly

Fri 14th Feb 2020 20:08

I do often wonder why as humans we need to sleep so much. Perhaps we are meant to spend that time in the spheres of another existence to later bring back some knowledgeable treasure to this world that we are currently calling reality!

I loved your lines 'When we enter the portals of another existence' and

'When heart and mind meet to journey together'. Really enjoyed reading this Keith

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keith jeffries

Fri 14th Feb 2020 16:42


Thank you for this interesting comment. Sleep can certainly be fertile ground for the imagination not only from our daily experiences but also to introduce into the mind a channel of inspiration and images, the provenance we know nothing of.

Thank you again

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keith jeffries

Fri 14th Feb 2020 16:36

itsjustmedownhere and Binte, thank you for you comments. They are much appreciated.


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M.C. Newberry

Fri 14th Feb 2020 16:35

I take the view that in sleep we actually extend our "state of being".
A most interesting subject. Sleep can fulfil a variety of functions,the
most obvious being recuperation of and repair to the body. But my
own experience is that it enables the brain to become active in
ways which are not apparent or available in our conscious state.
I have had dreams that involve places, incidents and even names
that I have woken to recall but have no day to day knowledge of -
past or present. I have also obtained inspiration for tunes that were
remembered (waking up and acting to record them before they
were forgotten via going back to sleep) and thereafter recording
them with words in complete song form. Shakespeare raised the
mystery of sleep centuries ago and his words still resonate down
the years. Mind-bending stuff !!

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