INSOMNIA

by Osalam Wosu

What troubles me so

in the peak of the night?

And upon my sleep

places a blight

The moon today is not so bright

This sleepless feeling

doesn’t feel so right
Abandoned by sleep, left to wander the dark

A night void of sound,

even a dog’s bark

Upon me insomnia has placed. his unholy mark

And cursed me to carry him

like the priests wielding an ark.

Oh! how annoying is the owl’s call?

I shiver at the sight

of a tree’s shadow standing tall

I search everywhere for sleep. into which I can fall

The memory of my last dream

I no longer recall
He waxes stronger

with each complete lunation

Devouring my mind

with no compassion

And when the night is down to completion

Leaves on my face

a lasting impression
If only I could meet this fellow in battle

And prove to him I am not cattle

This discord of ours I’d settle

And then switch to empty tattle

For I have grown fond of my tormentor

With him I can imagine;

hence he’s a mentor

Friends have passed

but he remained true

I always expect him that made me rue
All evil I said I do take back

Insomnia return, I’m one of your pack

I humbly accept this gift of your mark

I will not be tainted by sleep again;

that unholy tack.

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