Go Now, Sleep


that most precious elixir,

began evaporating from my presence in my mid-thirties.

I would awaken at two in the morning,

then three,

maybe falling asleep by four,

only to awaken by six

in order to get ready for work.


In my late thirties to early forties,

it was pre-menopause and mid-life crisis

robbing me of the sleep I so desperately needed,

becoming more and more elusive

with the passage of time.


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