Jenne’ Andrews: A Theory of Insomnia

Vox Populi

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Perhaps I am not sleeping

Because I am meant

To become a poem.

.

Perhaps the stanzas of my hands,

how they have become dry and pale,

branching in a thicket of thin bones,

write themselves into time

like quicksilver

with their elemental serifs–,

those dark travelers hungry

for comprehension

toiling uphill in lunar sand.

.

My body lags

with the gravity of exhaustion.

Yet the mind

incandescent with wakefulness

petitions the lark

to leave her solitude.

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How this brain

wants to shut against light

like an oyster

around an immanent pearl.

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And how heavy my wrists

although I carry nothing.

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ii

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The lines in a book of sonnets

left in the window for the rain

wash away.

I leave the bed

where I was,

a stain of shadows.

.

Day languishes toward twilight;

I am a small, foraging

bird in chaff, whittled down

to…

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