by Travis Laurence Naught

Sleep seems the cure for these tired eyed dreams.
Respite from a day filled with tired mind screams.
Take away the wishes,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall the thoughts and all the wants.
Share your deepest secrets
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawith those who have and who have not.

Less than conscious memories adding to collective revelry.
Knowledge from around the world leads to pique-ed curiosity.
We’re all connected when our eyes close,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaindividual perceptions fade away.
Unique experiences becoming sacramental
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaofferings to the night, a gift from day.

Some have more control than others over general circumstance.
It’s in the dream arena that all are given equal chance.
Following this logic
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaajust might turn a man insane.
To think the richest in this world
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the poorest have the same

amount to offer, like a tithing to the pain;
a scientist might say they’re random firings in the brain.
But you and I? We know the difference
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafrom what is true to what is false.
Some consider nothingness in dreams to be their cause,
while others count their healing powers and exalt.

Give in to whatever moves you,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaeither school of thought.
Don’t trample on beliefs of others,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait might be all they’ve got.

Wake up in the morning more prepared to face the day.
Take a moment and be grateful for the lessons learned from they
who may never be encountered,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaor ever really met,
but through it all and nonetheless
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawho you have also duly blessed.

Travis Laurence Naught is an author who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. Full-length volumes of his confessional style poetry, The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012) and Still Journaling (e-book, 2013), are widely available. Travis is a burgeoning performance poet in the Spokane area and has toured as a feature on slam stages across the Northwest. He enjoys coffee, sports, and the outdoors.