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Poem: Sleep

Updated on July 19, 2011


Yesterday I was finally able to Sleep.

I forgot what Sleep was,

It has been far too long.

How do I sleep with Thunder non-stop?

I do not know how I sleep,

But I do know I will Sleep when the constant Thunder is no more.


Everywhere I looked,

I saw my friends’ faces

All around me,

Scaring me crazy.

Now that I’m asleep,

I no longer see my friends’ faces.

But now I see them in whole,

In the grandest of holy places.

I no longer hear the screams of the tired.

I always wished that my life was the longest of nightmares.

I was right,

I was wrong.

Before I went to Sleep,

Every day I walked the trail to Hell,

But always returned to be tired once more.

But now I am finally asleep,

I can forget the horror around me.

Now I can sleep in a quiet place & sleep forever until,

I am born into Hell once again.

Goodnight dear friends.


The above, written in 2003, is about a soldier during World War One... his death.


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    • JT Walters profile image

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      HI BukowskiBabe,

      Very touching and moving.


    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Very moving. I will never think of sleep the same way again.Sleep is one of my favorite pasttimes.Thanks for sharing.

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Babe, most poems go over my head...but I was able to connect witht this one...and I enjoyed it....

      nice one..



      You are right about Epi....he is an amazing person.

    • BukowskiBabe profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.


      I am speechless. No one has ever said such nice things to me. Really...I can't recall such kind words. You seem to see the good in everyone and everything...that is such a rare gift. You're an amazing person with a few gifts of your own. Your writing is a gift, but your kind spirt is so rare in this crazy world we live in.

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      ...well there is always a lot of intellectual and spiritual depth to your writing - and as I have mentioned to you in a previous comment, you have many superior qualities as a writer, that so many of us would need a lifetime to catch up with you - and perhaps it's that old theory - some people have it and some people don't - you definitely have it and whether it's schooled or from a discipline or just a natural force of nature - it's your gift for the world to see (and read) and our pleasure, entirely.

      lake erie time 8:34am still working on this pot of coffee while Schubert is playing and the daybreak has arrived over the lake!

    • BukowskiBabe profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.


      You've made my day. Thank you. My life is stressful now, as with many people these days, and comments like yours are like a rainy day. I say that because I love the rain.

    • Nefarious_Misery profile image


      7 years ago from on the move

      Amazing. Had to go back and read it again.

      Wonderful work.

      Voted up and awesome.

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I enjoyed your poem very much.

      Take care


    • BukowskiBabe profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.

      Thank you for your kind words, Alma. I will be following you as well. Sleep an insomniac, I know the value of sleep.

    • Alma Cabase profile image

      Alma Cabase 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Really nice poem you got here. Makes me sleepy..XD

      Keep up the good work. I'll be reading more from you.



    • RodPrice profile image


      7 years ago from Northeastern Pennsylvania

      I love this poem!!

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Very powerful. War takes way too many souls. Beautiful and haunting at the same time.


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