You came across Plate 43, an etching from the series Los Caprichos by Goya with the title “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.” (El sueño de la razon produce monstruos). Goya is asleep amidst his drawing tools, his mind dulled by slumber, bedeviled by creatures that prowl in the dark. Bats and owls fly above him, a lynx watches, wide eyed, alert to the rise of monstrous forces. Imagination, mother of the arts and source of their wonders, mirrors teeth of incandescence that glow and shimmer in melodrama. Goya summons you to listen, paint your portraiture. The children went there before you, they went with each other and they went alone. Speak your poetry of the night.