The buildings are barking

In the 12/1 Zippy strip, a moment of somniloquy that would be an excellent donnée for a poem:

(#1) Another loving memorial by cartoonist Bill Griffith of his late wife, cartoonist Diane Noomin, adding to what he wrote in an 11/20 strip (reproduced in my 11/20 posting “A touching memorial”)

The 11/20 strip:

(#2) “Dull ash tray” lacks the vividness of “The buildings are barking”, but might be worked into something dark and despairing

Notes on sleep-talking. From Wikipedia:

Somniloquy, commonly referred to as sleep-talking, is a parasomnia that refers to talking aloud while asleep. It can range from simple mumbling sounds to loud shouts and long, frequently inarticulate speeches, and can occur many times during a sleep cycle.

As with sleepwalking and night terrors, sleep-talking usually occurs during delta-wave NREM sleep stages or during temporary arousals therefrom. It can also occur during the REM sleep stage, at which time it represents what sleep therapists call a motor breakthrough … of dream speech: words spoken in a dream are spoken out loud. [AZ: that would appear to be what Diane Noomin was doing: saying bits of her dream talk out loud] Depending on its frequency, this may or may not be considered pathological.

… Sleep-talking is very common and is reported in 50% of young children at least once a year. [AZ: I sleep-talked sporadically as a child] A large percentage of people progressively sleep-talk less often after the age of 25. A sizable proportion of people without any episode during their childhood begin to sleep-talk in adult life. Sleep-talking may be hereditary.

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