I see by the timepiece

hung on the wall

that the hour is fast

approaching me

in which I make

my daily, fateful


when will the dance begin

at what point do I

give up the consciousness

that I so treasure

and take on the flight

of dreams and nightmares

the fight between sleep

and restlessness

the night is young

and the debate just begun

this, like many before,

maybe stretch into



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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on August 17, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. I know that debate. šŸ˜‰

  2. May the Sandman be generous….. šŸ˜‰

  3. Very similar thoughts to my Dreaming into the New Year found at

  4. to sleep or not to sleep is that the question
    to dream or to live… the dream šŸ™‚

  5. You’ve best described a situation that happens every night with me šŸ˜Š It has so many emotions in it! Brilliant šŸ‘

  6. doggone you’re fantastic once again! I’m sure that your parents must be oh so proud of you!

  7. Your poem is very similar in subject to a piece I wrote about and published here on word press last April. entitled “Imagine, If Your Will” I don’t know if your’s is from experience but if it is, I send understanding and wish you comfort and peace for your nights. It’s not likely one truly understands the nature of these night adventures if they have not been through them though. If it isn’t experience that sends you down this path in your writing, you seem to have hit on a subject that many can relate to, my self included. I really enjoy your writing.

    • Thank you, Sandy! šŸ™‚ This is one thing written from experience that most of us wish we hadn’t experienced. It sounds like you’ve been there and done that so i’m sure you understand that feeling. There’s frustration with feeling sleepy but just not quite able to get to sleep. Those nights are tough.

  8. Reblogged this on Maka Nyingwa: Pieces of a Puzzle and commented:
    A life with no punctuation, just continuous existence…

  9. Absolutely written for me, lol. About to begin the journey….. Good evening, Morpheus, please don’t send me to Greece, Canada or on a on a working staycation tonight – did that last night. Didn’t like the people. Thank you. Love your poetry, DoubleU.

  10. I know that debate only too well!

    • Thanks! šŸ™‚ Isn’t it strange that we debate whether we even want to try it? One minute it’s about how sleepy we are and have to go to bed and the next it’s this thought that we probably couldn’t go to sleep if we tried. [Sigh!!]

      • Yes, that’s exactly it! I have a sister I’m so jealous of because she just goes to sleep at the same time every single night… she never has that struggle and when I tell her of mine, she just looks at me like I’m a foreign species Haha

        • That’s frustrating. It can be worse when we think back to that time when all we had to do was close our eyes and…poof! But I know we’re not alone. The nights are filled with insomniacs.

  11. Superb as always. “the fight between sleep and restlessness” Loved this.

    • Thank you so much! šŸ™‚ Time has been extremely short lately and a few other issues have reared their ugly heads. Time permitting, I’ll do the response. Thanks again! It’s great to meet you!

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