A Prayer for the Sleepless

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View Tbilisi sunrise on Flickr by Vladimer Shioshvili

by Kevin Lawver
originally published at 10:42PM on Friday, August 01, 2008

For all those who stare at clocks that move too slow when the lights are off, who brave the buzz of a brain screaming for sleep – a time to file away all the random data collected over the day. For all those whose vacant sunken eyes plead for rest, a chance to take a break from the voices, the to-do’s, the haunting crows of “there’s so much more to do.” No answer comes that shuts them up.

When the dawn is the last thing you want to see, because you know it will be at least another sunset until you rest your head on the pillow again, there is nothing but more stimulants and a ridiculous drive moves you forward.

Your joints scream at you. Your eyes refuse to focus: a foggy window onto the rest of the world.

This is my prayer for you, sleepless fellow wanderers:

May your head find a welcoming pillow to rest on. May your lids be heavy and breaths deep.
May you dream of soft lights and warm breezes, and nothing else.
May you wake when you are finished sleeping, not when you are done.
Pleasant dreams, friends.




  • from Blusparrow:

    OMG KEVIN !! =D! Welcome back! I really really like this, can totally relate to it. Just last night I wasn’t able to sleep. 5 stars!

  • from Mighty-Joe Young:

    welcome back kev 4.5*’s

  • from Kevin Lawver:

    Thanks, guys! (i just wish this wasn’t based in reality)

  • from Wyatt Aapr:

    I also can relate to this, having worked shift work for 30 yrs. Watching thousands of sunset and sunrises. The hours crept by while the years flew.

  • from THX 0477:

    Lovely little lament to insomnia. Even funnier if you read it with an Irish brogue.

  • from Apostrophe :

    lol @ thx. Beautifully written.. And the photo you have chosen matches flawlessly. Bravo!

  • from Mistress Elsha Hawk:

    It made me so tired just *yawns ..reading it.

  • from Punkin:

    There are so many times I have awoken in the middle of the night unable to sleep. I too really relate with this ode to sleeplessness.

  • from OrangeOreos:

    Great. Now I’m going to have a sleepless night thinking about all the people who are having sleepless nights!

    And welcome back, Kevin!

  • from g2 (la pianista irlandesa):

    I like this little ode to insomnia… and it also makes me wonder if this is at all autobiographical?