The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters: Etching by Goya

To Sleep

Snow bleaches the land and the thickly sewn

seam of the horizon, a skyline etched

in magenta, evokes fears that cannot

be quenched, is it a sunset or a fire?

How many words are there for corruption?

How many fears do we live with daily?

Climate change, nuclear war, diseases. 

Even monkeys get angry when given

cucumbers when other monkeys get fruit.

It’s the same old story, Cain and Abel

someone believing another gets more.

That is why reason must remain awake

why our young men and women must not

sleep to dream of bats and owls as monsters.