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I Dream of Sleep

I dream of sleep,
Though when it turns dark,
I try shutting my lids,
But they’re stuck in park.

I seek out the fridge,
Pour milk in a pot.
Then scream out in pain,
Because it’s too hot.

I plop in a funk,
And dream about dreaming,
Which is hard to do
So soon after screaming.

There must be a way
To keep my eyes closed,
For good, through the night,
And not just a doze.

Oh yes, that is it!
I startle myself.
There’s a magical pill
Way back on the shelf.

My feet take their steps,
By two at a time.
An hours flown by,
I don’t have much time.

I yank the door open,
Stand on my toe tips.
Behind the eye-drops,
Under the Q-tips.

Lies a dusty bottle 
For those who are tired.
But the date on the label,
Has long since expired.

I turn to the mirror,
My god what a hag.
There’s two bloodshot eyes
Half asleep in their bags.

Speaking of two,
A time so absurd.
My slipper just missed
The prompt cuckoo bird.

Oh sleep my old friend,
I start to pine.
Was that just a yawn,
Now THAT’S a good sign.

With an about-face,
I hurry ahead,
But tripped on my toe
Just short of the bed.

Oh lord why are you
Chastising me?
After righting myself
I saw it was three.

I lay on the mattress,
And there commenced,
To counting sheep,
But they stormed the fence.

There’s no need to panic
Just stay in position.
My muscles relax,
And start their twitching.

Yes finally
I start to snore,
But wake myself up
The clock displays four.

Could this be a dream,
Though I’m still awake?
I’m dreaming of sleep,
But sleep I don’t make.

Maybe I’m sleeping,
It’s a bona fide dream.
Oh what a relief
If you know what I mean.

So tranquil and peaceful,
Good to be alive.
I didn’t once quiver
When the clock struck 5.

My alarm goes to work,
And so does the rooster,
But noticed my feet 
Sported only one slipper.

My god, this can’t 
Be happening to me.
So I cried and cried
Myself to sleeeeeee…

Entered in Richard's Beginnings Matter contest.  I recall being afraid to post this, similar to merging onto a highway for the first time during driver's ed class...but for both, couldn't have been any happier that I took that step.

Copyright © David Fisher

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  1. Date: 8/25/2015 7:09:00 PM
    Very nice writing. I am glad you did decide to post this and so many more. You a great poet and I enjoy your work!!! Skyy

  1. Date: 3/26/2015 8:04:00 PM
    I see I've missed out on reading a skilled limericist and humorist. How? Too many poets. Thanks for visiting my house so I could find my way to yours. I will start at the front step and what a first post it is! Enjoyed thoroughly…john

  1. Date: 3/8/2015 12:42:00 PM
    Hi David, Congratulations, on your fine win. <3 LINDA <3

  1. Date: 3/5/2015 10:18:00 PM
    David, CONGRATULATIONS, on your Beginnings Matter Win ~SKAT~ ..

  1. Date: 3/4/2015 2:47:00 PM
    I can relate to this write so much David and also your feelings when first posting - congrats on your win:-) Hugs jan xx

  1. Date: 1/9/2015 3:48:00 PM
    Sleep eludes me too at times. LOL Great write David. Well done. :O) Keep up with the great work. Keep on penning. Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful and creative talents with us. We truly appreciate it. *S* Cynthia

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 5:17:00 PM
    Made. Me smile thanks. Colin

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 10:11:00 PM
    Really good depiction of an insomniac at his wits end. Great read. Thanks for reading and commenting on my poetry. :)

  1. Date: 10/20/2013 7:15:00 PM
    You captured the essence of insomnia in this wonderful poem, David, nicely penned.

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 10:43:00 AM
    Your sleeping problem , is a huge one, i loved the way you wrote that poem, it felt so true. Terry xo

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 10:43:00 AM
    Your sleeping problem , is a huge one, i loved the way you wrote that poem, it felt so true. Terry xo

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 9:36:00 PM
    sounds all too familiar...many a night I have begged to get some sleep

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 10:12:00 PM
    You basically described all what happened to me last night! I couldn't get to sleep 'till about 4:30... and even then I woke back up in four hours! I like your sense of humor friend... it's very relate-able for me right now. And thank you kindly for checking out some of my poems today :)

  1. Date: 2/13/2013 1:46:00 PM
    enjoyed reading your poem, interesting, if only we could turn off the brain to sleep, have a good evening, peace debra

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 5:26:00 PM
    Nice featured poem~SKAT

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 9:22:00 AM
    David, :-) Congratulations with your featured poem of the week. Take care and have yourself a lovely Sunday.... always & forever *LINDA

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 9:35:00 PM
    Insomnia lives here most days. ughhh !! I'm laughing here while reading, when I should be sleeping !! But the sandman is on vacation so I guess I'll be awake for a while longer. Enjoyed your poems very much !!

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 7:53:00 PM
    Ha,hahahaha...Oh I know how it feels.Excelent wirte!

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 5:27:00 PM
    I can sympathise with this poem as I have trouble going off to sleep, staying asleep (I'm a light sleeper) and it drives me crazy. I usually just grab my diary & pen and begin to write, a good antidote to insomnia.

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 9:53:00 AM
    Been there several times myself David, welcome to the soup my friend, blessings Carl