Thursday, May 28, 2009


All night long I am looking for sleep, my sleep.
Turning and pounding the pillow,
pushing to hollow it out,
making it bowl-shaped
to cradle my head,
as if my mother
had built a dwelling within.
She speaks tender words,
she hums a lullaby.
Yet fooled no longer by this twilight dream,
I turn and face Mecca,
a new trick, a fresh idea.
I will pave the road with blossoms,
adore any new spirit
who can seal my eyelids with weighty slumber,
and yet another quaint pretension drifts my way.
I used to know the champion of serenity intimately.
Gossamer winged, this sprite
took my nightly request for sleep
and lined up waiting dreams.
I pledge fidelity unending
if one god of slumber teaches me again
the steps I knew till now,
seemingly still hidden under my pillow.
Before I turn my head again
in ever petulant quest,
let me sleep.
before the dawn arrives with dazzling assurance
that I will have the furvor to arise.
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Tess Kincaid said...

Oh, this one is GREAT. I certainly can relate to that pounding and moulding the pillow. And facing the new direction, like Mecca, to see if that will do the trick. That petulant quest for sleep.

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
Thanks..there is that moment when I'm sure that I've forgotten how to sleep..

Roan said...

I too relate to the pounding of the pillow, tossing and turning, hoping for sleep to come. I enjoyed your poem.

Lyn said...

Hi BJ-
Thank you for your comments! Some things are common to all of us...

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Great poem Lyn!

I very rarely can't sleep - often I want to stay awake long enough to think about things I've done during the day, but I fall asleep!

Lyn said...

Hi Raph-
Thank you..
Well, lucky you..
I sometimes easily fall asleep sitting up, watching TV!!

Butternut Squash said...

I really understand this. Great poetry. The Gold Puppy posted a remedy for insomnia from her Grandpa spirit guide a while back. It uses basically the same technique that my psychologist husband suggests. I have recently been sleeping better than I had for years. Let me know if you would like it.

Lyn said...

Ghost Dansing-

Hi Butternut..
Thank you so much..
I'm so intrigued, of course I'd like to know the remedy!!

Jeane Myers said...

you've been inside my head! and then wrote a poem about it! you are amazing :)

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
That is an interesting concept! I slept pretty well last night...hope it rubs off on you!!

Unknown said...

Hi Lyn,

I can only echo Willow's first sentence! It's something we must all experience from time to time but expressed so beautifully.

Laura Doyle said...

I love your poet's soul. You paint everything in beauty...even annoyance at not being able to sleep.

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
Thanks for your remarks..
It is always fun for me to try to write about our common experiences.
When a poem comes about, I sure am happy!!

Anonymous said...

Oh your words written said so beautifully and yet I am hating such! Ha! Insomnia my close friend *sigh*'
'Gossamer winged, this sprite took my nightly request for sleep and lined up waiting dreams' My fav of the whole.
Beautiful, you.

Lyn said...

Thank you so much for your kind words...

Yes, me too, that insomnia! I'm happy when the words come out OK...
thank you..

A Cuban In London said...

What a beautiful, and yet one whose Genesis is probably shrouded in restlessness. I loved the Mecca line. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Greetings to A Cuban-
Thank you so much..restlessness, it's OK if it sparks a bit of creativity. When I write poetry, I feel as if someone is dictating it to me..aha, my unconscious!!

Kat Mortensen said...

How well I know this "quest", Lyn. You have articulated it so well and have spurred an idea in my own head. I hope you won't mind if I post a poem with my take on the same subject.


Lyn said...

Hi Kat-
Thank you so much...I'm flattered to be an inspiration!! A very familiar "quest", isn't it?

Kat Mortensen said...

Hey Lyn! Thanks for being so generous with your idea. It really did prove a wonderful catalyst for me. Come and see!


Lyn said...

Hi Kat-
So happy to hear that you went ahead..can't wait..
Funny thing, since I wrote the poem I've had a couple of nights of good sleep..a reward for writing??


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