Dogs 2013

INSOMNIAST
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2:12am

I sit
alone
in a darkened
den

unable
to sleep

I feel
more alert

more alive

than I did
during any
of the previous
hours of
daylight

twilight

or cohabitated
evening

I should
do something
but I so enjoy
this freedom
of not sleeping
while everyone else
does
that I'm content
to simply
feel the planet
turn

hardly
a sound
anywhere

wait
a minute

there's
a ticking clock
in the dining
room

there goes
the refrigerator
starting another
cold cycle

outside
a dog barks
in the distance

twice only

then stops

in that pause
I hear it

my breathing

my heart
beating
in my ears

me thriving
in the solitary
night

this
should be
my life

my destiny

then
a loud
vehicle
motors by
in the
street

possibly
a night club
refugee
in search
of some cheap
food

companionship

or another
drink

I am
grateful
to no longer
be out
amongst
them

these thoughts
bring me back
to the peopled
world

I turn on
a small
lamp

pick up
a book

and read
about them
until drowsiness
reclaims me