Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sleeping mechanisms

define: sleep

Definitions of sleep on the Web:
  • a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended; "he didn't get enough sleep last night"; "calm as a child in dreamless slumber"
  • a torpid state resembling deep sleep
  • be asleep
  • a period of time spent sleeping; "he felt better after a little sleep"; "there wasn't time for a nap"
  • be able to accommodate for sleeping; "This tent sleeps six people"
  • rest: euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb); "she was laid to rest beside her husband"; "they had to put their family pet to sleep"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

An empire of passengers

Two margaritas at 11 am.

Lines for coffee and $13 salads that ebb and flow with the stereo announcements.

Cellulitic thighs that overstep the chair and armrest's boundaries.

Thick, smoky haze over San Diego.

Outcroppings of lights along the coast like a phosphorous rash.

White, opaque fog as we cross the river; precipitating leaves on the quiet Sacramento street.

Twelve hours later, a glass of cheap white wine.

Clean bed sheets; hard pillows; sleep.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

An aegis of prophesies

I saw a gypsy yesterday. She had a booth in the Galleria at the Inner Harbor. She did not have a crystal ball. My friend L paid for me to have a Tarot reading. I was too afraid to ask her my question out loud, and it will not be recorded here. But suffice to say it had something to do with next year, and what I would be doing.