Thursday, September 01, 2005

To Sleep the Sleep of the Dead

No more alarm clocks. I can't take one more buzzing, screeching, obnoxious, early morning traffic report or commentary about last night's basketball game. If you're going to jar me from a hard-earned dream, or even a nightmare, it better be because the world is ending and martial law is in effect.

I don't want to be bothered for anything less than Armageddon. Or a snow day.




Sleep eludes me
two, three nights now.
Across my bed—
I stretch diagonal.
Not a solid line
but a series of dashes—
itching, aching, but
never connecting.

Not in repose but posed,
I’m sketched by some
over-caffeinated Bohemian.
His pencil scratches—
flick, flick, flick—drawing
spokes in my irises.
Around and around,
he rings my eyes,
engraving, rasping—his
strokes are furious—darker, he says,
they must be darker!
He stops—short of shredding paper,
getting them just right.

These damned eyes—
sore, darting, afflicted beyond
seeing and anguished for their
dreams—glisten from livid
sockets like the hint of water
in a well.

I can’t remember
how tired feels, that
gift of weariness.
I can’t fabricate the drowse
and the want of eye-closing.
I can’t recall the way
wakefulness sinks
like sediment into the pillow.

Parched for the cool liquor
of mind-quenching laze, starved
for the nourishment of dreams.
I beg—two, three nights now,
for the heaviness of blessed slumber—
the sinking and drifting,
the careful folding and
putting away of the mind.


Blogger Vince said...

Hell, let me sleep through Armageddon too!

2:11 PM  
Blogger KlevaBich said...

Hey darlin,' this is where that dipenhydramine comes in handy...

Maybe melatonin? Chamomile tea? Bourbon? Nothing? I'm so sorry. There's not too many things worse than insomnia. But at least your poetry skills are untouched; nay, better than ever.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Queen of the Inane said...

Whoa...nice. Me gusta mucho. Me encantan. I think it's my favorite.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Cindy St. Onge said...

Thank you Nancy and Hannah for your kind comments.
Hannah, your Espanol is lovely.

9:17 PM  

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