Some might say it is the reward to the righteous
I wonder if sinners are always wakeful?
We sometimes long to find escape in sleep
And yet we may fear in sleep we lose our vigilance
Sleep apparently is a naturally recurring state
It certainly would seem odd if we never slept
Sleep is the opposite of wakefulness
It brings us a blessed relief from reacting to stimuli
Thinking about sleep can bring great concern
Insomnia is viewed as a serious issue
Although hypersomnia might be even more alarming
Especially shown in excessive day-time sleep
But all of this is a bit clinical, too narrow a view
The word sleep has other connotations
Not least as when it is used as a euphemism
For random intimate relations – as in sleeping around
And what about the modern trend of kids
Who regularly bed down at their friends’ homes?
In an endless round of sleep-overs
Probably quite harmless – I believe!
Then there is the advice we are given
To sleep on it often ignored by the impetuous
Perhaps we might be able to resolve issues
By a nocturnal perambulation – a sleepwalk
We also will recall that apart from
The slightly naughty thought raised by
the term, sleeping partner is a perfectly
legal type of business organisation
And to complete this little tour round
Some of the uses of the word sleep
I must now put my computer into
Sleep mode – it deserves some relief!