The Sleep of Reason: Homage to Goya

Eyes begin to wonder, as mind’s eye begins to fade.
Sleep now, please reason do;
Sleep now, and let unreason pass through.
Open thy gates, and lower thy defences.
Stop thy blockade, and let in thy monsters.

The veil of night comes yonder, as mind is slowly left in shade.
Sleep now, please reason do;
Sleep now, and let unreason pass through.
Helpless to fate’s accursed prophecy;
Stuck now condemned of apostasy.

With no reason for cover, the darkness can begin to persuade.
Sleep now, please reason do;
Sleep now, and let unreason corrupt you.
Trapped in a sombre spell;
Striking forth all that is not well.

Now the reign of reason is over, as mind is fully dismayed.
Sleep now, reason will do;
Sleep now, as unreason reigns true.
Now the reign of unreason is here;
Scared is the world for it will surely disappear.

What lesson can be learned here?
What wisdom can be gained?
The lesson to be learned here,
The lesson to be gained…

Is the haunting reminder of Goya’s words, which ring true:
The sleep of reason brings forth monsters.

Written By: Anthony Avice Du Buisson

Artwork: Francisco Goya’s
The Sleep of Reason produces Monsters, 1799.