Elusive Sleep

Ah, there you are
the vestigial sprouts of sleep.
I searched everywhere for you
almost went outside to check for you.
And here you show, right at my side.
Awaiting my call? I think not.

More likely it is
that you know
just when to show up—
just passed when
I need you most.
Or, alternately,
you too, had had enough
and decided to return home
to get whatever it is
you get from me
when I manage to sleep.

No matter your reason for appearing
in my eleventh sleepless hour,
I’m grateful you came
before my alternate next:
a psychotic break beckoned by
late stages of sleep deprivation.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

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2 thoughts on “Elusive Sleep

  1. Hi sMichelle:
    I hope you’re winning the battle at least some of the time. 🙂 I’m glad you like the new look. Dark is a stretch for me, so not sure how long it will last. I just wanted something with more personality. Maybe with a little tweaking I’ll get comfortable. Thanks.

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