Sleep has been fleeting as of late – the infernal scratching and other noises keep waking me up, or else dark dreams disturb my restless mind. That’s why last night was such a strange and, dare I say, welcomed change. I fell asleep early, dozing on the couch almost before darkness fell, then roused myself enough to climb up the stairs and drop into bed. I didn’t perform any of my typical nightly rituals or invoke my standard charms, yet I still slept deeply and, instead of the dark twisted dreams that typically haunt my nights, I recall simpler and calmer imaginings.
In the dream I found myself walking down Benefit street on a sunlit afternoon. The street was filled with people, but they were dressed strangely, in very formal clothes that seemed more appropriate to a previous century, with high necked dresses on the women and formal suits and hats on the gentlemen. It was a cheerful scene and, as I walked along the tree-lined streets I found myself feeling more at ease than I had felt in months. Continue reading