Wednesday, 23 February 2011

"Sleep Deprivation" By Christina Cassie

I tap my legs down one at a time
I turn my pillow over to the cold side
I shut my eyes hoping I’ll naturally drift off
But alas, I’m only kidding myself

Make another trip to the bathroom
This time, in a zombie-fied state,
My legs are so damn tired that
Even they are giving way

Seventy-five pages in and eyes still aren’t tiring
I can’t take anything in because
I’m too tired to be concentrating

IPod’s been playing for over two hours
I’m so hungry; I could do with some fruit sours
Is that dripping coming from the sink or the shower?

I can’t switch off!
I can’t switch off!

I make a list of things to do before I die
One - Swim with dolphins
Two – Fly through the sky
Three – SLEEP!
If I was living on a farm
I’d go and count the sheep

I’ve popped a Nightol
I’ve drunk malt Horlicks
How difficult is it to catch some sleep?

Oh great, now the birds are singing
The sun is already rising?
Whose dog is that fucking barking?

Its six thirty already?
What the hell is wrong with me?
All I want to do is sleep

I’m so tired
I’m so tired
I’m so…
I’m so…




  1. A very interesting read... I can actually relate to your this state... as right now I am in the same situation as you... its 3Am in the morning and I can not ******** sleep...
    I enjoyed reading this one and the frustration that you have so vividly described...
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  2. Oh God, I am right there with you. Brilliantly depicted- love it. :)

  3. Thank you very much! Glad I did it justice! X

  4. I really like the emotion is this that we all have experienced - that's when I turn the lights on and write

    glad to have met you guys

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  5. Just before going bed is a great time to get everything off your mind :)

  6. The dripping, the birds singing and "Whose dog is that fucking barking" are what really tip me over the edge when I am sleep deprived...which is all too often ;-)very sensual- you've covered all of 'em I think! Love it xx

  7. Hey, this poem works really well. Strong images and a complete mood. I usually write in a cafe called Insomnia in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA. Your words would go over well here. Thanks!

  8. Oh thank you for the comments!!! Great to have people reading from America :) That cafe does sound like the perfect place for my poem, haha!