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Sleepless Nights

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Sleepless Nights

Insomnia, familiar friend,
crawled into bed this summer night
so once again, inflamed with dread
I wander now in pitch of dark 
and touch the places, now by heart, that sprawl unstirred by weary minds

This lonely place, where I used to come
where armless grief, and headless doubt
and worry filled the rooms
I know you cold, my land of oz
So ruthless do you change your face
into a place I once refrained

But,  don't pretend to make me fear, toxic robber of my sleep
I've known you much too long
You masquerade in shades of gray
And now I know that dark of night, is not the blackest thing
And room by room, I'll play the game
until the light of day

The shadows magnify your art
and though they magnify my loss of sleep
and while I've tossed and turned in vain
I've lost the lonely albatross
that pulled against the grain

From hooded thresholds I embark
to find a language of the dark
A liquid language of a mystic night, 
that switches on the light

I've walked the halls of ghosts I knew, and those I hope to meet
I've felt the stares, and shared myself, no secrets left to keep
But not tonight, familiar friend
you bask in myth I understand
I'll fill the tasks that need my hands, until the light of day...
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For Leonora Galinta's Contest

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  1. Date: 7/23/2013 8:51:00 AM

    A most excellent piece, congratulations Carrie.

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 5:40:00 AM

    the angst seeps in, carrie.... should be a topper.... congrats on your fine award!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 10:59:00 PM

    My huge heartfelt congratulations on your fantastic win my dear friend, Carrie. It’s an outstanding poem indeed which really deserved its shining win. Thank you so much for giving me your precious gem in my contest and for your support. Love lots and big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 7:33:00 AM

    Dear Carrie - Yours is poetry so inventive and beautifully written. This coming to terms with wakeful nights is a blessing. Your language and rhyme are from heaven. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 5:12:00 PM

    GEE WILIKERS! That is stunning, I mean stunning! You dazzle me! Congrats, chum, and oh yes, I must fave this... the last stanza... oh, Carrie, the last stanza... MWAAAAA! PERFECTO! Hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 5:54:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in Debbie's "Dungeon"contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 3:02:00 AM

    Carrie congrats on your win, love it..David

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 4:15:00 PM

    A powerful write Carrie, congrats on your 1st place win hugs vie

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 3:18:00 PM

    Always something new for you always pushing the boundries of your craft [well you are #1 FOREVER!!! for nothing ;)]Congrad's on your fine verse winning! Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 12:40:00 PM

    Fantastic!Beautiful piece,Carrie.Congratulations on your win..

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 9:15:00 AM

    WOnderful poem. COngratulations on oyur win.

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 7:26:00 AM

    congrats Carrie on a brilliant write and first place win with this wonderful entry luv..

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 2:41:00 AM

    My congrats on your deserved win ........a deep and touching account and the language is riveting.....I especially liked "a liquid language of a mystic night" and "armless grief"....and their combination of sound and meaning......very powerful Carrie....well done, as usual

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 2:17:00 AM

    Carrie, i imagine this is for Debbie's contest.. mighty deep... good luck if it is..xox~pd

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 11:45:00 PM

    superb exercise of metaphor - I feel that metaphor & simile are the most challenging & rewarding instruments for the masterful poet - touch the shadows & feel the lights - J.A.B. 2012 AF&AM

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 7:33:00 PM

    I would love to have this hanging on my bedroom wall...unbelievable insight and wisdom, Carrie, that's all I can say...my words don't do justice - Tim

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 7:19:00 PM

    ‡ Also, This Soulfelt Masterpiece Definitely Belongs Upon The Wall In Beautiful Favourites Aside Your Beautiful Self, Beautiful Carrie; Kudos ‡

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 7:13:00 PM

    ‡ Yesss, I Believe We Most All Need A Little Of This & Perhaps A Lot Of That To Get Many Of Us Through This Moment In Tempered Time, Sweet Beautiful Carrie Richards * Your Poetry Is Amazing As Is This Exceptional & Haunting Verse ... You Are Like A Treasure Priceless & Owww Sooo Beautiful * Kisses & Hugs To You, My Luv, Rachel ‡