An effective tea for the nights – unsung remedies for insomnia

An effective tea for the nights – unsung remedies for insomnia

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Who would think to transform into an actual toaster at the age of 53? Well, I would. Just listen:

I’ve added subtitles.

Furthermore, today another letter from Gala de Lucia:

Dear listeners,

This is a song about an old pirate, based on a poem from the collection “They’re Just Mountains” by Martijn Benders. But it’s also very much a poem about insomnia, about a man who has everything except for an effective tea for the nights, as such a tea does not exist.

This poem moved me deeply. We all know the torment of sleeplessness. You can see the old pirate sitting there, looking at you, saying, everything is alright, there’s just no effective tea for the nights.

Oh, those who do want an effective tea for the nights: Martijn Benders also wrote an entire book about the fly agaric, which is indeed an effective sleep aid, but I don’t think this mushroom can be found in the Caribbean.

Calypso kills me with deceitful cigarettes, as we read in the poem, and everything ultimately becomes an ode to the pirate’s sea scent.

What is sea scent? A perfect contamination, I believe, where the sea air truly began to roll.

I hope you enjoy my song. I wish you very effective tea, for a long series of extremely effective nights.

Gala de Lucia

And so, I turn the poems from “It’s Only Mountains” into Spanish songs together with Gala de Lucia. Adding subtitles means that even those who do not speak Spanish can follow along, a win-win situation if you ask me.

Ultimately, my goal is to create a series of strong poetic songs in Spanish. The video quality will hopefully improve, perhaps soon you could produce an entire clip with a single prompt. It’s still somewhat tacky now, but it’s all about the quality of the songs.

Yours sincerely,

Martijn Benders, June 25, 2024

About the author

Martijn Benders has published twenty-six books, eighteen of which are in Dutch. Critics such as Komrij and Gerbrandy have hailed him as one of the greatest talents of his time. He has also written three philosophical works, one of which is in English and focuses on the Amanita Muscaria, the Fly Agaric. Publishing on the international platform of The Philosophical Salon, he has also gained international recognition as one of the most remarkable thinkers from the Netherlands.


There exists a considerable group of leftist individuals who vigorously opposed the prevailing coronavirus narrative, including some of the world’s leading philosophers, such as Agamben and Kacem. However, this stance was heavily censored and vilified by what is referred to as ‘neocon-left’ or ‘woke-left’, as something associated solely with what they deem ‘far-right’. In my book, I discuss the reasons behind these actions, the underlying motives, and how this is emblematic of a new form of fascism aimed at seizing power permanently.

The middle section of the book is dedicated to poetry. It features a beautiful selection of poems from the Mediterranean region, by poets from Turkey and Greece, who have been imprisoned and tortured by the regime.

The final part of my book is a manifesto against literary nihilism, as manifested in the Literature Fund. It reveals how this fund is dominated by a group of Christians and ‘wokies’, which is undesirable in a free society.

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress is an exceptional work that sets a new benchmark in the realm of mycophilosophy. While one might be tempted to classify the book within the domain of Art History, such a categorization would fail to capture its true essence. 

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress – De Kaneelfabriek, 2023

You don’t have time to read this, but that’s because you are no longer human. If anything remained of the original person within you, the old mycelia of childhood, you would learn a great deal from this book. In fact, its magical knowledge might become your most valuable possession. This is a book about human imagination and how it fell into the iron grip of transdimensional cockroaches. Additionally, it offers magical tips to significantly improve your life and time acceleration. M.H.H. Benders also takes a light-hearted yet scathing look at the entirety of Dutch literature. What more could you want?