Poetry Thursday: Insomnia

Restless, fitless, sleepless nights.  For the past two weeks I’ve been struggling to sleep.  I find myself awake, wandering the rooms of my old, dark house, listening to what it has to say…”pipes clanking, water running in the dark, the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort.”  I curl up in my chair, pull a blanket around my shoulders, and attempt to quiet the “steady accusations of the clock, numbering the minutes no one will mark.”

 

 

Insomnia

BY DANA GIOIA

Now you hear what the house has to say.
Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,
the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort,
and voices mounting in an endless drone
of small complaints like the sounds of a family
that year by year you’ve learned how to ignore.
But now you must listen to the things you own,
all that you’ve worked for these past years,
the murmur of property, of things in disrepair,
the moving parts about to come undone,
and twisting in the sheets remember all
the faces you could not bring yourself to love.
How many voices have escaped you until now,
the venting furnace, the floorboards underfoot,
the steady accusations of the clock
numbering the minutes no one will mark.
The terrible clarity this moment brings,
the useless insight, the unbroken dark.
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3 thoughts on “Poetry Thursday: Insomnia

  1. Even though I love the poem, I fear thinking about the “Unbroken dark” might make my insomnia worse. I think I’ll stick to grabbing the laptop and setting to work until sleep creeps up on me again.

  2. Wow, this poem really gets at it. Her words rolling out the way they do, like me rolling around in bed, sleepless. I haven’t been sleeping well either lately. Change of seasons, grayness? I bought a light lamp–supposed to help with sleep cycles. Weird dreams too — last night featuring Reese Witherspoon — hello, what the –?

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