by Peter Luscombe


Forget about your life-partner, or that friend you enjoy having coffee with, or even how you love the smile on your children’s faces. Your pillow is your best friend who greets you nightly no matter how your day has passed.

Without ‘him’ or ‘her’ or even for those who like a ‘they,’ your sleep before work would be unsatisfying. You’d slump into the day. Getting enough sleep is crucial to entering the work day.

Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care, the death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath, balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, chief nourisher in life’s feast.

– William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II, sc. 2

Shakespeare sees sleep as nourishment, and further, speaks of our ‘perchance to dream.’ To dream our way in sleeping is how we vitalize ourselves at night. From such we carry forth into the day – refreshed and renewed in vision.

Such insight is well known and maybe nothing new, however, have you recently given an ‘ode’ to your best friend?