Insomnia

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Like wisps of clouds are hours of sleep
ephemeral, and yet saccharine sweet.
As darknessΒ piled on I began to sway,
with mind in motion as battle of waves.

And though the heart lapped with ease
I pondered on every rhythm and beat,
observed as moments grew austere
while gust outside roared loud and clear.

I reach out and chase hoping to achieve
if not enough then few hours of sleep,
As dawn swiveled on I began to sway
with mind in motion as battle of waves.

 

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Posted for ‘Sanaa’s Challenge’ @ Real Toads

& Posted on Open Link Night @ dVerse Pub

46 thoughts on “Insomnia

  1. Vijita says:

    The repetitive actions at “darkness piled” and “dawn swiveled” according to me made the writing more intense. A beautifully written piece, Sanaa πŸ™‚

  2. Bev says:

    All too often, sleep is ephemeral as wisps of clouds. It is in this time poems sometime come to me as midnight epiphanies, so all is not lost!

  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    I do think you’ve hit on a universal theme here–insomnia is not our friend. I just have to get up and watch TV or read a book until I get drowsy. Getting no sleep, or just a few hours, I recall, made the day at work nightmarish. I liked the subtleness of your rhyme scheme.

  4. Nosaint Augustine says:

    Very apt words, Sanaa, and I can empathize. I have mostly beat my insomnia so never despair, it is possible!

    • Sanaa says:

      Awww!❀️ Thank you so much, Augustine πŸ™‚ so good to see you!❀️

      (the poem is not autobiographical)

  5. Kim M. Russell says:

    Wisps of cloud, ephemeral and saccharine sweet – yes, that’s sleep when you’re an insomniac. I love the way you capture the invasion of thought and sound:
    ‘I pondered on every rhythm and beat,
    observed as moments grew austere
    while gust outside roared loud and clear’.

  6. HA says:

    “with mind in motion as battle of waves” : The refrain captures the essence of the poem so well. If only insomnia too could be this poetic. A lovely piece, Sanaa.

  7. Frank says:

    I liked the repeating line: “with mind in motion as battle of waves” although I’m not clear what it means, but that might not matter.

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