The Velvet Avalanche

I coined the term “velvet avalanche” to describe the sensation of lying down on cool sheets, knowing that the world is about to slip away. You’ll dream, you’ll vanish into the ether of your own mind, and if you’re lucky, for about 1/4 or 1/3 of your life, you’ll swim in imaginary creations of your own making. Not long ago, I had lost touch with my velvet avalanche. It took me to the brink of a nervous breakdown.

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May your night be a velvet avalanche
cold sheets to encircle you
both sides of the pillow cool to your cheek
one leg in, the other carelessly jutting out
a box fan or ceiling fan buzzing nearby or above
cycling away your concerns and thoughts
you’ll return for another trip tomorrow
let it go, let it swim, let it begin
and if you’re lucky, someone to steal the blanket from
sleep is free, and freeing
let the velvet avalanche win

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