Sleepless Nights


100, 99, 98, 97,
Takes me back to when I was seven.
Daddy giving me a goodnight kiss,
Counting back, was a task he’d give. 
Such a strenuous task, for my little brain,
I’d drowse off in just a few seconds.

96, 95, 94, 93,
Can I go back to when I was three?
While memories are blurry, all so hazy,
But I know for sure, I was happy
Oblivious to everything in the world,
I was a gleeful little tot. 

92, 91, 90, 89,
Why can I never sleep at night?
All the scenarios that’ll never happen,
I keep replaying it on my mind.
I really should get some sleep,
Before I fall very sick. 

88, 87, 86, 85,
It’s way past my bedtime.
My eyes are heavy,
And my body is aching;
The lack of sleep is acting up,
Yet, my mind isn’t shutting up.

84, 83, 82, 81
I go on till I reach 1.
Then, I repeat it once again,
But daddy’s trick is now a fail.
Momma, will you please cradle me?
Like you did, when I was a baby.

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68 thoughts on “Sleepless Nights

  1. An exceptional poem, my dear friend! The form here is exceptional. The stanzas blend so beautifully from one to the next. And your honest description of the problems and pain of insomnia ring with great clarity. I am so, so proud to see your writing continue to grow, explore, and create such beauty! Loved this one very much!!! ❤❤❤

    1. Thank you sooo much, Brad! So glad you loved this. I really hope insomnia doesn’t come for you and you get proper sleep. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  2. Shreyaaaaa….!!!!
    This is exceptionally wonderful…
    With each paragraph.. I was feeling those moments.😍

    You are incredible..!!
    I don’t know from where you get the ideas of writing such strong poems.
    In last line….you took my heart❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Momma, will you please cradle me?
    Like you did, when I was a baby.

    1. Anushkaaa… Thank you sooo much!!! I really am not happy that you were feeling those moments. I really wish you a proper sleep every single night. 🤗🤗🤗😘😘😘❤️❤️♥️♥️♥️

      1. I’m jealous of people who fall asleep in a second as they get on to bed..Hahaaaah…I sleep well in the morning…I shuld pack my bag and head to the US LOL

      1. Well….not every single night but yeah, I try to….you don’t get enough sleep either or do you? ❤️

  3. I must say Shreya.. !!! You have such amazing ideas planted in your brain !!! I loved how you counted and then you included the number in the first line… WOW .. WOW.. WOW.. !!!!

    1. Thank you sooooo much, Nima! This means a lot to me. 🙈🙈🙈🤗🤗🤗😘😘😘♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ So glad you liked it! 💕💕💕💕

  4. You do have a way with rhythm in words. I’m guessing insomnia is the word, but it’s not as rhythmic as your poetry… Marijuana would do the trick, but it wouldn’t ease the pain of the things that could have been, but never were. Bless your gifted pen.

    1. Haha… I’m super duper lazy to reach till number 1. Why don’t you continue it? And you could pass on to someone else when you get tired… 😂😂🤗🤗😘😘 Thank you so much! ♥️♥️♥️

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