I Can’t Sleep

It’s 3am but I can’t sleep.

I’ve begged and pleaded my eyes to close

To ignore my emotions

And forget the image of him in her arms.

But they won’t listen.

They demand an explanation

As they replay yesterday’s events

One excruciating detail at a time:

Her lips, his hands, their breath, my heartbreak.

As though pain is the very essence of their existence.

This pain should accompany tears,

The respite my chest desperately seeks.

But my eyes refuse to cry.

They cannot see beyond the past

And lie awake in hopes that I will sleep away this garish dream.

12 thoughts on “I Can’t Sleep

  1. Good poem. I like the concept and storyline and conciseness. I recommend working on word use a little. “Pleaded for” would have been better and I don’t think you meant “garish”, but rather something that con notates seeing something intensely painful (though I cannot think of the precise word offhand).


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