Fast-asleep even while awake

Men are as forgetful and heedless

In their waking moments

Of what is going on around them

As they are during their sleep.

Fools, although they hear,

Are like the deaf;

To them the adage applies

That whenever they are present

They are absent.

One should not act or speak

As if he were asleep.

The waking have one world in common;

Sleepers have each a private world of his own.

Whatever we see when awake is death,

When asleep, dreams.


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