Go Now, Sleep
that most precious elixir,
began evaporating from my presence in my mid-thirties.
I would awaken at two in the morning,
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.