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I found the above card (“Have a sweet dream,” Halong Bay Vietnam)  a while back in a book purchased at a used book store.  I have a small collection of things I’ve found in used books — but this one is my favorite. This lovely message brought to mind a favorite bittersweet poem….

LAST NIGHT AS I WAS SLEEPING (Excerpt)
by Antonio Machado (1875-1939)

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

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Earlier, I wrote about the Canadian dime I found on my desk today. While dusting, I also ran across the above card (“Have a sweet dream,” Halong Bay Vietnam) which I found a while back in a book purchased at a used book store. I haven’t seen this card in some time (it was buried under books and papers) — and finding it was a pleasant surprise. (I looked up “Halong Bay” on Wikipedia and learned that the words mean “descending dragon bay” — love it, since this is the Year of the Dragon.) I have a small collection of things I’ve found in used books — but this one is my favorite. Thank you, I will have a sweet dream.

This lovely message brought to mind a favorite bittersweet poem by Antonio Machado (1875-1939) “Last Night As I Was Sleeping.” Here is an excerpt:

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.