Insomnia (a poem)

Night has wrapped its velvet blanket

‘round everyone but me.

All are sleeping, all are dreaming,

everyone but me.

Lying, dying, staring at the roof,

wondering what I did, what I should, what I will.

All I want is for a sign,

that I too will sleep.

It visits each night on its hollow-backed horse,

crowing its delight at finding me awake.

“Think and think some more!” It cries,

“I’ve brought a score of lists, for you!”

If ever I find that stupid Sandman,

I’ll steal his bag and tie him to a tree

for daring to wander and pass me by.

“Come back Sandman, it was only a jest!”

Night has wrapped its velvet blanket

‘round everyone but me.

All are sleeping, all are dreaming,

everyone but me.

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  1. #1 by Lynn on March 1, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Awesome, Celia.

    • #2 by Celia on March 2, 2012 - 1:09 pm

      Thanks Lynn 🙂

  2. #3 by matthewswinney on March 1, 2012 - 11:51 am

    Very good! I’ve been a sufferer of insomnia (medication induced), and it really is terrible.

    One thing, I think on line 6 you could cut it down to just “wondering what I did,” and it would work a little better metrically.

    • #4 by Celia on March 2, 2012 - 1:09 pm

      Thanks Matthew, hope you get rid of that insomnia!

  3. #5 by Jennifer on March 1, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    I wish I could write when I have insomnia…excellent poem, Celia!

    • #6 by Celia on March 2, 2012 - 1:08 pm

      Keep a notebook and pen next to your bed, even if you just jot down a few notes. It works!

  4. #7 by InsideJourneys on March 5, 2012 - 11:25 am

    Love it! I’ll think about this when I can’t sleep. “Night has wrapped it velvet blanket ’round everyone but me” Nice.

    • #8 by Celia on March 6, 2012 - 12:24 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I remembered when I was little and would sleep with my ‘blanky’. Having insomnia is like being forced to sleep without that blanky.

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