It was one of those weird things. And don’t ask what led me to such odd search engine results. But dream dust is apparently an issue for some people. And when I say “issue,” I mean it’s not good. People apparently dream of dust. And apparently those dreams reveal dark (and dare I say “sinister”) thoughts.
Who’d’ve thunk a search for dream dust would go dark?
Because I tend to think of the stuff Mr. Sandman sprinkles in your eyes. You know, the stuff to make you sleep well and enjoy imaginary adventures when you do. And this isn’t just for kids. Even though that’s who I wrote to when I talked about this years ago.
No, I think it’s healthy to have delightful flights of fancy when you sleep. Even if you’ve lived for several decades. Because I believe it exercises your brain in a creative way that daydreams don’t. And I believe that’s part of the design God gave us for sleep.
But I don’t wanna provide any proof for my hypothesis. I’ll just re-share this rhyme…
Once Upon A Starless Night
Once upon a starless night
I read, by the campfire light,
How a comet with its tail
Spied a nova and set sail.
You might think a comet flies
Aimlessly through endless skies,
But this one was really rare”
No more like it anywhere.
It could hear and think and see
Just as well as you or me.
“What?”you say. “That can’t be true.”
If it’s not, would I tell you?
Wait for any starless night
And turn out your bedroom light.
Then look up into the sky
With a wish inside each eye.
It might take a little while.
Then you’ll see a glowing smile
Followed by a sparkling tail
Leaving dream dust in its trail.
That’s the comet, silver gray,
Zooming through the Milky Way.
If, at first, you cannot see,
Just keep trying that’s the key,
And sometime you’ll get it right”
Once upon a starless night.
© 2014 Tony Funderburk
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