the dream

Then night brought the dark over the earth. Sailors
on the sea looked out from their ships to Orion
and the Bear. Both the traveler out there on the road
and the gatekeeper by this time were longing for sleep.
And a heavy slumber enclosed all around that woman
whose children had died, nor was there any dog barking
through the town, nor the echoing voices of men.
Silence held the black darkness…

Apollonius