Sleep's Elusion (Poem)

Sleep eludes as I try to chase it

But fail

Time tick-tocks by, as the ceiling becomes my friend

Each inch of its breadth studied

Each shadow claimed as a new ally


What awoke me from my slumber?

The same thing that halts a return thereto?

Has worry come a-knocking at my door?

Is God prompting me to rise and pray?


My puny mind flits

Never settling on one definite location

These early hours restrict my cognitive reason

I want to understand

Lying still it all seems futile…pointless…desperate.


I move slowly as I ponder

My bride sleeping gracefully beside me

Not wanting to wake her, I remain

Trapped between the dream-world and a new day

Bound with invisible chains


My day ahead and those behind

Tumble like waterfalls through my mind

A disassembled puzzle that never gets completed

Yet the picture is there

Only to be seen in the light of day


When half asleep and half awake

The image of my life seems so unfocused

So why? No purpose is served here

And yet, sleep still eludes…

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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Describes the process well! The harder you try to chase sleep, the faster it runs.......


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Anna Haven - that was exactly my experience this morning...


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sleeping time requires relaxation, thanks for sharing this poem.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@DDE - the problem was that I went to bed relaxed but then woke up and could not get back to sleep. It all went downhill from there.... ;-(

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