Long hours of Darkness

The drip drip of the tap
beats a tattoo in the sink, 
the tic tic of the clock
matches my heart beat, 
 
the minutes and hours drag by. 
In frustration I kick off the sheets 
exposing my body 
to the mosquito hovering above,
 
 
 
I reach for the spray, 
once again he finds his target. 
Restlessly I rise 
and heat a glass of milk
 
 
 
swallowing it slowly,
hopefully, I climb back into bed 
again I toss and turn,
sleep still won't come. 
 
 
 
Sounds of laughter 
filter through the night
as someone wanders merrily home. 
I still hear the drip drip of the tap
 
the tic tic of the clock. 
At last hours later my eyelids close 
as the sun starts its upward climb over the horizon 
ending the long, long hours of darkness. 

Mosquito found its target

Sleep is such bliss when it comes to you

I know that I am not the only person to suffer through many nights especially in the summer from lack of sleep.

It is so frustrating when you start to doze off and then you hear that horrible sound of someone coming home or an idiot doing a wheelie down the road. Gosh I would like to ring their neck.

It takes ages to settle down again and then when you finally do it the bl...y alarm blares and you wonder where the night went.

Hopefully you do not suffer from this problem too often. It will only cause you more stress before the day begins. Sleep soundly, at least I hope you can.

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NatalieTM 8 years ago

I love the contrast of someone wandering merrily home vs. the imagery of restlessness.

Your words create a vivid picture!


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author


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MoralsEthics1960 8 years ago from Florida

Darkness is sometimes the hardest time to sleep and is the one time we think themost.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Yes, I hate it when you cannot sleep at night it seems like so much longer


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Caregiver-007 8 years ago from Florida

Very poetic. I enjoyed this. Oh, how many sleepless nights! And oh, how many times has drifting off been interrupted with that soft buzz.. requiring instant wakefulness or else!


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Drax 8 years ago from NYC....

this is really great Eileen, thanks, you can almost imagine yourself there and here the drip drip drip.... tonight I'll probably dream about that drip drip and drip and in the morning be wandering around angry unable to blame you... *laughs*


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Thanks, Drax, caregiver for your great comments. Yes I often have many many nights trying to sleep. then when time to get up I doze off. Hours take so long to go when it is dark.


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sharkarama 8 years ago

After living in Fiji for 20 years I can really relate to the mosquito part... that annoying buzzing sound that wakes you up when it stops :). Thanks, I really enjoyed this.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Yes I know how you feel. Thanks for stopping by


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topstuff 8 years ago

How much annoys this tiny creature at night.


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

I have certainly been there and done that. It is an awful feeling. This is such a nice presentation of the fact...

Thanks for sharing


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Good poem. Night are long when you can't sleep and you expressed it well.


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Lctodd1947, Yes it is awful, never ending thats for sure.

Pamela99, Thanks for your comments, yes not sleeping is hard it makes the hours drag. thanks for stopping by.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

I have had so many of those nights. For me, when it's like that, I am so glad to see the daylight. I'm better now, thank goodness, it used to night, after night, after night..........................I'm on to the next one, I really enjoy poetry!


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

support med, yes I know, what frustrates me is my partner sleeps like a baby. I try not to wake him though when I wander about cause I cant sleep


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Eileen - I really enjoyed the poem, especially because sometimes I can't sleep. I get up and eat a sip of yogurt. and that may help. Now I will remember your poem. A good night's sleep is what Heaven may be like. My husband is a good sound sleeper, and I envy him. Like the mosquito and its relationship to poem.


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Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Thanks Brake12, I share your problems with a good sleeping husband. I lay awake for hours and he just goes to bed and off to sleep. Thanks for your comments

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