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A Sleepless Exchange

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A Sleepless Exchange


A Sleepless Exchange

A restless night wears the battle scars
of dreams shattered in daylight hours
An owl echoes the objection in the darkness
as the turning of a ceiling fan counts
the seconds of hours, spin by spin

A limb scrapes the shingles 
as the wind recalls the turbulence---
howling through the barren branches
forlorn of the leaves of chlorophyll
Tangled in the sheets of acceptance
where barter plays no role

A stone pillow beneath my head
while the albatross of broken heart
weighs heavily on the chest
A train rumbles in the distance, 
with dejected warning…blows its horn
nearing tomorrow, tickets in hand 
the receipt of acknowledgment
a sleepless exchange


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  1. Date: 4/10/2013 3:35:00 PM
    Such an intriguing interplay between disturbances and emotions. Glad to read another from you Debra. Your mid morning minds recorder is better than mine. :)

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 12:50:00 PM
    you feel and acknowledge a lot more as we try to sleep when we are under some sort of stress.. I wanted to personally thank you for your comment on my write Angel Wings, comfort I felt from your comment, thank you, hugs-x, Royal

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 9:53:00 AM
    Listening to the night "music" when sleep will not come .... long hours. - Well written, Debra! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 9:28:00 AM
    Unbelievable work, felt every word. Very impressive. - Kyle

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 8:23:00 AM
    Damn, this hit hard for me. This is what happens when we let stress and other matters of the heart take over out well-being. Excellent job here!

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 8:12:00 AM
    I know of this experience my friend! I don't want to go through any more sleepless nights such as this! Your poem is very exquisite and wondrous! I really enjoyed reading this incredible piece, Great Work!!