The Dream of Life is a sonnet by ‘Xanadu’ which is followed by a short meditation on the same subject by Alan Watts in the form of a 4-minute video. The beautifully produced video, with its background music and array of stunning pictures, is of course infinitely superior to the poem which has to rely simply on words to say what it says. Xanadu is well aware of this, and hopes that her poem will serve as a modest introduction to the video. (JSM)
I used to think: Cogito ergo sum.
This idea I have long since left behind.
No longer do I feel so sure I am.
Is life a dream, I wonder, in God’s mind?
Strange thoughts like this I have incessantly.
Maybe you think I’m mad to feel like this?
Maybe you think I speak nonsensically,
Like some crazed mystic who has lost his wits.
But no, old Plato had a point, I think:
Life’s just a shadowshow on some cave wall.
Maybe Titanic didn’t really sink,
Except in Someone’s dreams—the One in All.
I look around me everywhere and see
Tomorrow’s corpses marching by like me.