One Long Night

In my lonely bed I lay

At night, 'twas only yesterday

Thoughts 'till then I'd held at bay

Came rushing to my mind

I was yanked from slumber's gentle hands

Into my own mind's churning lands

Of scorching heat and twisting sands

A venue most unkind

I rose, and soon was standing

Per my cranium's commanding

As, my short sleep notwithstanding,

I'd been unable to unwind

As my mind continued racing

My legs were compelled to pacing

I don't know what they were chasing

Perhaps some peace they hoped to find

As the rising sun came creeping

I realized I ought be sleeping

Though my mind was not in keeping

My hope for sleep had not resigned

So I settled into bed

Heart still pounding, eyes blood red

And as I cursed my roaring head

My head cursed me too, in kind


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