Did you ever feel uncertain of yourself and your path
At the exact moment when everything should be clear?
This transition from youth into full adulthood
With all its fortune and liberties
Is like a passage into a dark tunnel
At times I lose myself and all sense of direction
At times, I search frantically for the means to enlighten
Blundering, fumbling, cursing, questioning and
Generally losing my way

Did you ever feel completely exhausted and then
At the moment your head hits the pillow, fully wake up?
This transition from consciousness to slumber
Is like a barrier unbroken, or puzzle unsolved
At times, I look for superficial topics to dream about
At times, I delve deeply into my own fears
Digging, grumbling, tumbling, rumbling, and rolling
In complete perplexity

There, in the dark of night, I can always find
All my imperfections and shortcomings and
Unfulfilled ambitions and dreams
Though, ironically, I cannot actually dream
For I am wide awake with all the wisdom of a frog
Despite my thirty plus years of accumulated knowledge

This is the nature of a devilish function
To catch you in your moment of weakness
And fry you on the grill of doubt and fear
Until you sweat hot with your frustrations
Until you ache with pain in your sides
Until you wish for someone to call you at
The most inappropriate hour of night
Just to hear a voice of reason, a voice of calmness
When you cannot stabilize your own

There comes a point when you must throughly surrender
Let go of your imaginary sword, which is really just
Your relentlessly questioning mind
Let go of your sudden need to understand
Everything about your life and mission
And just lower your body to the bed
Release every thought, every neurotic notion
Close your eyes, close your mind, close your book
On fear and least until tomorrow
When upon the first light of day
You will rise as if every moment of torture
Was nothing but the stuff of dreams….


Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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for all who can relate to the agonizing world of sleepless nights…and the power they hold……

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