Oh! My friend Insomnia
almost left you at the door
dozed off, just
Where do you hide when day breaks?
crawling through slits of a ventilation
shaft pouring frigid air
are you lurking there?
afraid of a little sun,
je compris, mon cher!
Insomnia I bid you, make
yourself at home, comfortable
I’ve left the lamp on, just one
a wicked yellow glow writes shapes
up on the wall, like graffiti.
in my sleep deprived I write them
What do you do for fun
Insomnia I see you, standing
there by the window watching
rain falls interrupting
the silence, and snoring
little legs of insects tapping
gently do you hear their rhythm too?
Insomnia – don’t shudder! The wind
pounds and nature’s fury throws rain,
much harder now!
We’re safe in this box do you see
those wet fingers fall slowly down
rolling, furiously but not entering.
in here we stay dry
It’s cold, Insomnia, mon cher!
I have no blanket for us to
the building across the way
has a few lights on too,
they’re out friends – do you think?
Insomnia are you there too, staring
across and down at me –
With roving eyes soaking up the
rainsong and city below, asleep,
are you out there somewhere?
mon cher, do you hear my thoughts
The insipid growth of a desire to sleep
bled out through my pores
your loving grip , Insomnia, that caress,
empties my veins of sleep’s venom.
The red of my eyes now, the darkness of
my gaze reflected in a window
back at me, my face, your eyes,
A knock on the door,
is it you”
And it repeats
Tonight. Next morning. Rain falls.