Sleep Chase – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – The Chase

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“It is a special kind of homelessness to be evicted from your dreams.” Karen Russell

Sleep Chase

At the day's long, dogged end,
when all is quiet and no one stirs,
my mind is reviewing Kepler and 
Kant, while fomenting creative
innovations of all persuasions,
unravelling a conundrum or two,
and checking in on my mood,
all the while, spinning, turning,
sighing and yawning, fighting the 
sheets and blaming the pillow
and every sound on the street
so whispered to my awakeness,
I can't miss a beat and, as the 
hours eke away I count all the
sadistic sheep, endlessly,
hopelessly, chasing down a 
memory of something called sleep.

Β©Paul Vincent Cannon


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40 responses to “Sleep Chase – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Brother you captured our plight beautifully. Wish Morpheus would visit more regularly.

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  2. Be Relaxed!
    You will be gifted with sweet and salty dreams very soon!

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  3. Another timely poem for me, Paul. Beautifully written.

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  4. You too? “Sadistic sheep” indeed!

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  5. Had one of those nights just this week (Sigh!)

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  6. who’d a thought! πŸ₯Ί sadistic sheep πŸ‘

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  7. Like the cowardly lion, i tried counting sheep but stopped. I’m afraid of ’em.

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  8. Those words perfectly reflect my frequent 3am-4am experience. Now I’m going to worry about those sadistic sheep too πŸ˜‰

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  9. Amy

    Inhale and exhale can be helpful, I’ve learned through Yoga.

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  10. Your poem is short & sweet!! 😊
    Just like my sleepπŸ˜‚

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  11. I’ve also been struggling with insomnia lately. It’s just awful.

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  12. lync56

    Great poem – I am sure you have crafted the words to describe many a persons curse of not being able to sleep


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