Insomnia- – Friday Flash 55



I remember
nights slept–
I mean, I don’t
remember them,
memory rolled shut
like the lid to a
business, closed-
for-the-day, the only trade
on its corrugated gray waves
that neon graffiti
tagged REM.

Oh, for those hours that abandoned me
in their not-wake,
oh for that now not-here,
oh, for that dark night’s alley.


Here are 55 insomnia-honed words for the G-Man Mr. Knowitall. Ugh. (That’s to myself only, not the wonderful G-Man.) I have cheated a bit through the hyphenations. (For those 55 sticklers who do not believe in hyphenated words being a single word, cut out the last line!)

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13 Comments on “Insomnia- – Friday Flash 55”

  1. G-Man Says:

    No counting for YOU Karin…Remember Carte Blanc…:-)
    Loved your Sleepless 55
    Don’t think for one minute that I don’t appreciate you and your fantastic talent that you share most Fridays with us.
    You are a Peach! Even with those bags under your eyes…:P:P
    Thanks for being such a class act…Have a Kick Ass Week-End

  2. G-Man Says:

    I just LOVE LOVE LOVE playing…UNO!!!!!!!

  3. hedgewitch Says:

    GAH! A perfect encapsulation of the regret and nostalgia(for the past peace of sleep taken for granted) and sheer sense of frustration insomnia brings. (I have had terrible bouts of it, and I recommend melatonin.) the hyphenated words are what make this one particularly vivid, k., so glad you went for them. Best wishes for less stress and more sleep in the future.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Yes, I must try it more. I used it two nights in a row a couple of weeks ago and the dosage was a bit high – one pill but the second day I really felt hungover. I must try cutting in half. It is hard because I am often sleeping in different places in the City since I gave up my apartment, so the regular insomnia issues are compounded by not being in one’s own bed. k.

      On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM, ManicDDaily

      • hedgewitch Says:

        Yes, unfamiliar surroundings don’t help matters. I’ve never had any after-effects from melatonin, but I once used an OTC sleep medication that has it combined with valerian and some other herbs, and it worked really well, but the morning after I felt like I’d been drinking phenobarbitol slurpees, lurching down the hall like a drunk. So, no more valerian, however orangic and pc. ;_). Hope you have a restful weekend, k.

  4. brian miller Says:

    ugh. when you cant sleep it sucks…not insomnia last night but a sick little boy…i am draggin butt today….but i have felt the claws of insomnia…and loss of hope in ever sleeping again some of those nights…

  5. Feels like a curse, doesn’t it? Listen to Hedge- melatonin- great remedy. We used it for our detox clients since they couldn’t use drugs and it worked well. Or so I hope for you…

  6. Glenn Buttkus Says:

    when insomnia drops by, as my wife says, “I have things on my mind.” I get up, watch TV, fall asleep to the blinking screen; nice job on a very creative 55–I often use hyphens too. My 55 is here:

  7. Nara Malone Says:

    Hope you get some rest soon. Giving up coffee(slowly) helps but so does the melatonin. The hangover feeling goes way after a couple of days. Or dropping the dose down a little might help. I count hyphenated words as one.

  8. Terrific extraction of the bullying exhaustion of insomnia ! You’re unbelievable ~ Loved it! Faithfully Debbie

  9. Sabio Lantz Says:

    Cute drawing and fun words

  10. janehewey Says:

    i really love that last line. it could be a set up for a whole next verse… : ) (don’t tell g-man) And, the neon graffiti visual is so right-on!

  11. Margaret Says:

    Insomnia seems to hit when we most need sleep! Go figure. (and I love hyphenated words – I always count them as one 🙂

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