just before falling asleep, i often become aware of a kind of one-sided conversation going on in an adjacent section of my mind, quite independently from the actual trend of my thoughts. it is a neutral, detached anonymous voice, which i catch saying words of no importance to me whatever ~ an english or russian sentence, not even addressed to me, and so trivial that i hardly dare give samples, lest the flatness i wish to convey be marred by a molehill of sense.