Longing for Sleep

Today I wake ache and sigh
Today like every other 
Today I stand pots won’t go away 


My Life is in slow motion 
My feet are in the clay
My head hurts everyday


Pain is my nemesis 
Pain is my day
Pain I can’t betray


Hours go by like minutes 
Hours become seconds
Hours tick away


Sleep becomes an escape 
Sleep I toss and turn
Sleep always goes away


Today I wake ache and sigh
Today my body is heavy 
Today I stand my ankles sway 


My life is degrading 
My mind is fading 
My soul wants to go away 


Pain in my knees 
Pain in my body
Pain never goes away 


Hours go unused
Hours are my prison
Hours become days


Sleep eludes me
Sleep broken restless
Sleep always goes away 


~Riven Waters

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