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Insomnia MAG

June 8, 2014
By StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
56 articles 0 photos 253 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~Camille Pissarro

I hope I never forget
What it felt like to be up all night
When I wasn't still enough for sleep
The nausea of insomnia
The beauty of a silent world
The way I smiled in Boston
The first time I heard city noise
Excited that this animal of people
This creature with one thousand hearts
Also could not slow itself to sleep

I am grateful for the hours
Spent staring at the stars taped to my ceiling
Absolutely still
The hot and humid silence of my mind
Keeping me awake
My ticking dead, my watch still wound
My heart the angry worker
Who was not paid for overtime

The bottle of my new prescription
Says it may cause restlessness
But I've learned it merely helps to bring it back
The tickticktick of shaking legs
One thousand manufactured heartbeats
When I am asked about my sleep
I do not have to lie
The noise I love will still be there at dawn

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on Jun. 21 2015 at 12:55 am
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1159 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

You still have your way with words :) Congrats on still being awesome. Love this poem.

on Aug. 26 2014 at 11:30 pm
TakeAGuessKatara SILVER, Beltsville, Maryland
8 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Live for tomorrow, remember today, and smile because you survived yesterday," by Me

I completly agree with this :)  I loved the metaphors and emotion in this poem. 

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on Jun. 12 2014 at 10:35 pm
Meg887, Weaverville, North Carolina
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a wonderful poem! It kind of reminds me of Hazel in Fault in Our Stars!

on Jun. 12 2014 at 12:25 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
325 articles 10 photos 1165 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

I love the imagery and comparisoin you made! Lovely piece! :)

on Jun. 12 2014 at 2:30 am
mereCat PLATINUM, Horsham, Other
46 articles 0 photos 183 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I am finally colouring inside the lines I live between"

Beyond amazing... this deserves the magazine <3

on Jun. 12 2014 at 1:26 am
Z.V.Oksana PLATINUM, Harrison, Arkansas
22 articles 1 photo 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”
― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Beautifully written!