Poem: Sudden Violent Tiredness

It’s been a long while,

Since my body did that,

Shut down,

And crashed,

Without letting me get back to bed,

Without pressure or vitamin lead,

Just a simple,

Unconscious dreaming,

Without the mind awake,

The endless scheming.

Looking back,

It does not surprise,

That I was suddenly forced to reprise,

The sleeping patterns,

Before the coffee,

Before insomnia and the long night’s work,

When I was a child who had played outside,

And then found my body,

At the end,

Totally tired and fried.

A kind of sleep that demands its due,

The kind of sleep beyond the routine we set for ourselves,

Simply because we need it.

Special thanks to: Melissa Potter

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