I Closed My Eyes and Saw the Light

I closed my eyes to go sleep

And was startled.

Before me I saw brilliant lights

White flashes lit up my eyelids.

Followed by vistas of the palest blue.

What was this impossibility?

Forcing myself to relax

And not open my eyes.

I fell into the light

And was asleep before I knew it.


This actually happened to me last night and while it was occurring I thought it would make an interesting poem. But then I was in a conundrum. I was half asleep and quite cozy in my bed and didn’t really want to grab my phone to jot down notes. So, I took a chance and hoped I’d remember the incident in the morning. I have lost so many poem, song, and story ideas making this decision. But it’s hard to move when you are so comfortable, it’s the middle of the night, and the lights are so hypnotizing. Obviously I remembered the idea this morning. In fact I was coming downstairs and I had the line “I closed my eyes and saw light” come back to me and I internally I thought, “Yes! I remembered!” Now, I’m not sure what it means that I saw all these lights when I closed my eyes. Maybe neurons firing in a strange way or some other cause. I’ve had similar things happen before, usually it’s pulses of light that appear to move towards me and I feel like I’m moving down a tunnel of some sort. It’s a weird sensation to have as you are going to sleep but it never scares me I just go with it. I’m curious to know if it’s happened to any of my readers. I know I can’t be the only one but I’m wondering how common it is.

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