The Dream

Sleep, do not forgo me, for it is with great anticipation that I await your adventures

To you, I entrust my soul each night, that I should be led through the dark, ominous corridors that pull, weight, and try to prevent me; through fires, floods, and to foe that torment me.

But, you challenges, I nevertheless welcome, for they inevitable lead me to escape. and only here am I momentarily transformed, empowered and enveloped, in ecstasy and magic, of the living and the dead. Then safely freed and quietly returned, to the comforts of my bed.

-Kathleen M. Beauchemir Department of Psychiatry University of Alberta Hospitals


“Sleep hath its own world, and the wide realm of wild reality.”
Lord Byron, The Dream

“If you don’t want to have bad dreams, don’t sleep” –Jewish Proverb

“A lost but happy dream may shed light upon our waking hours, and the whole day may be infected with the gloom of a dreary and sorrowful one”
Walter De la Mare

“Sleep, Silence’s child, sweet father of soft rest, Prince whose approach peace to all mortals brings Indifferent host to shepherds and kings Sole comforter to minds with grief oppressed.”
William Drummond

“Blessings on him who first invented sleep. It covers man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak. It is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. It makes shepherds equal to monarch, and the fool to the wise.”

“Sleep, thou patron of mankind, Great physician of the mind Who does nor pain nor sorrow know, Sweetest balm of every woe.”