With Clanking Chains


2:42 am.

Silence / and a deeper silence / when the crickets hesitate.

With clanking chains. It must not be: this day, this hour.

Alone, deepening.

What if I slept a little more and forgot about all this nonsense.

My thoughts wear me out.

Purple Rain.

O sleep, O gentle sleep / Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee / That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down / And steep my sense in forgetfulness?

(Sleep) A proven capacity for endless resurrection out of nothing.

Give me sleep.
Give me resurrection.

Photo: Arturs Kondrats Photography via poly-gr


  1. I am robbed of sleep by cramps and not liking being alone until tomorrow. Hope you catch some zzzz’s.

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  2. Perhaps welcoming the arms of Morpheus in the silence, instead of writing of their absence might help?😉 Seriously pal, I hope you got a bit more sleep…

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  3. Oh pal, I am so sorry. Have you tried melatonin? Have you seen a sleep therapist? I’m probably in the well worn groove of an old record here, but this cannot continue. There has to be *something* that can bring relief. (Although I must say, you’re damned poetic in your misery…)

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  4. yes, each day a chance for a new beginning.

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  5. “No. No. Yes. Yes.”
    So there are lots of things you haven’t tried yet. I’m just sayin’.

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  6. Sympathy, fellow non-sleeper. It’s that 3 am hour with all the thoughts roiling and broiling within the brain that is a killer. I hope you find a solution soon.

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  7. If Duras is right, then Kafka has some good advice. Plath’s silent sigh may refer to some meditative practice that is known to silence the crickets Cohen talks about. So that Humphrey’s prescription can be filled. It’s all there, David.

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  8. When sleep eludes .. I try to accept it and bring the mind to relaxation. There is likely tension in the body caused by the thinking. Instead of trying to fix it with thinking, come to the body and breath into the places of tension and contraction. Perhaps it’s a shoulder or jaw or hand. Imagine breathing into that place of contraction and letting go. Melting into the mattress and coming to relaxation. From relaxation, the next natural step is to let go into sleep. If you notice thoughts returning to the problem, make a conscious effort to start counting inhales and exhales. “Inhale peace exhale tension”
    I have been on meds whose side affects are “anxiety” and “difficulty sleeping”. When I noticed that this was so, I came up with the above approach.
    It works for me, and I hope, works for you. Don’t get caught up in your thinking during the night. It is not the right time to let them in. Direct the mind to relaxing and releasing tension. xo

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  9. I hear you. Wish I knew.

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