Insomnia

by Adam J. Pearso

when sleep deserts
your drooping eyes
like rain
a parched desert
deprives,
the world takes on a mask
alive
the menpo of a samurai.

tick

tick

tock

sounds rise and race
as colours trace
blurred trails
through your inner space
as if in dreams
you’ve never faced
and yet
can almost taste.

tick 

tick

tock

the waking world itself becomes
the image of a dream
that’s wispy bright,
ethereal,
oneirically abeam,
as if backlit
by ancient lanterns
shrouded and unseen.

tick 

tick

tock

dazed, you watch
as thoughts elide
like clouds
throughout a yawning sky
and somehow drift
and then collide
like cars on ice
that slowly slide
with no one there
to steer the ride,
and metal shards agleam.

tick 

tick

tock

slow hands
tick off the hours,
miners
picking
at the rock.

tick

tick

tock

the nocturne of
a sleepless clock,
as in your bed
you turn
and toss.

tick

tick

tock

your head nods up
and drops straight down
agreeing to the silent sound
of solemn words
that no one said
and so
cannot be found.

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tick

tock

now all is strange
as darkened days
blur into lightened nights
as shadows in a waterdrop
flow into beams of light
because
though sleep can rarely take
as dawn enters abright
you’re never quite awake
and so
you never feel right.

tick

tick

tock. 

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One thought on “Insomnia

  1. Adam: Love this, as poetry and as description of many experiences of nights when sleep deserted . If this becomes chronic, as it has been here for years, several things have helped immensely (daily B4 bed ) – 1mg melatonin, 100 mg 5-HTP, and/or 100 mg GABA. Many chronic insomniacs also swear by l-tryptophan, though I have not used that one. ALso, avoid blue light from your screens which otherwise interferes with melatonin production with this cool app which adds redder wavelengths to your screens after sunset: https://justgetflux.com/ . Sweet Dreams. – d

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