Nocturnal sustenance

3 AM
I woke up sleep-
less, high on heart-
beats, belly
aches and moonless mania;
at break
of dawn I sighed,
I dressed
& went surviving
back to work.

9 PM, I fell
asleep
& dreamed till dawn;
I dressed
returned to work,
survived;
a time for sustenance
another time
to live.

Nocturne, Grey and Gold by James McNeill Whistler

I have been through a few weeks of very hard work… it will go on, but tonight I have a brief moment to catch my breath, and thought I would write something for Lillian’s prompt that I missed and link up to Open Link Night at dVerse.

March 7, 2019

21 responses to “Nocturnal sustenance

  1. I have always been impressed by how active you are poetically, despite such a busy vocational and personal calendar. Sharp piece, sir.

  2. Oh, the daily grind, Björn! I used to live that life but couldn’t do it now. It made me breathless just reading about it; I’m so glad you survived! I love the phrase ‘moonless mania’.

  3. A musical rendering of the hamster on the wheel! Hope you de-stress well, dear Bjorn. And, with Spring coming, better more uplifting days are surely on the way…

  4. You conjure the angst in the first half of the first stanza, then break it into the resignation of surviving until the workload lightens. Such relief in the 2nd stanza. So glad you have time to live again. You are a maestro of mood here.

  5. Your poem speaks to me as I have a busy life myself and sometimes I just need to breathe. I find peace in the dreamscape unless it is one of those restless nights.

  6. Great depiction of the daily grind. Makes me appreciate retirement all over again!!

  7. I know the grind and like the time format. I like the word breaks in the first stanza, and the feeling that the busy time is circular, intruding in our sleep. Good to read that you had a break for poetry!

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