I should like to sleep like a cat,
with all the fur of time,
with a tongue rough as flint,
with the dry sex of fire;
and after speaking to no one,
stretch myself over the world,
over roofs and landscapes,
with a passionate desire
to hunt the rats in my dreams.
Pablo Neruda, “Cat’s Dream”
Rose Klara Hesse [The graveyard sleeper]
Rose Klara Hesse was born in 1939, in Berlin Germany.
She spent her early childhood “constantly speaking with ghosts”,
her mother said.
Rose spent most of her adult life sleeping in a graveyard near her home in Basel, Switzerland.
"I comunicate with the dead - they talk to me as I sleep.
Hosts of them. Some people do not believe me when I say I can see and hear the dead, but I have been comunicating with them for as long as I can remember. Some ask me if I am frightened to sleep in the graveyard. No, I say. I am more frightened of the living. They ask me if I ever get cold. I do. But in the winter I put on warm, heavy clothing. In the summer i am fond of sleeping naked under the stars.”