Illusion of Sleep

Daylight seeps black
Clock chimes-next routine
Cup of calm and honey brewed

Heartbeat increase-time for race
Mental noose in place
Devil gnaws at his leash

Twilight scratches face
Sleep has been slain and dreams weep
I remain awake


Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge was inspired by the theme of Pain and Sleep as a prompt on Magaly Guerrero‘s blog. I chose to use a set of three senryu, a form similar to haiku that conveys human experience and emotion.

Here is her prompt:

Imagine the ache, I just spoke of, twisting its fatigue around your muscles and squeezing your bones all the time… at different levels of intensity… while you are trying to fall asleep… Keeping this horrid bit in mind, for NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Day 23, I’m inviting you to picture what living this way might be like, then Write a poem that explores the intricate relationship between pain and sleep.

“Insomnia” is Original Art by Audrey Schwartz Rivers

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7 thoughts on “Illusion of Sleep

  1. I like how you build this feeling of being trapped, both in a cycle and in a metaphorical noose. The inevitability of being trapped awake is very well conveyed.

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  2. “Sleep has been slain and dream weep” Epic line!

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    1. Thank you 😀 I’m glad you liked it

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  3. Totally get it! Great piece!

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    1. Thank you! I’ve had plenty of time to think about it….lol

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  4. Nice rhyme scheme. Good write.

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  5. I totally feel the dread in your piece. Just grabbing moments of peace when you can XXX

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