By Nicholas Hooper

What strikes me about awaking is that
how do you know
you’re awake?

We can live in a trance, in a dream
and we think we’re awake
but we’re not,

we’re still in the dream but thinking we’re awake
until something happens and
we wake from that dream

and for a moment life is so clear, so simple.
‘Ah, that’s it,’ you say, ‘that’s being awake’,
but have you just woken into
another dream?

Is it like the layers of an onion
peeling off, peeling off
until you reach
the core
the heart?



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper