By Daniella

 (inspired by e.e. cummings)

the digital clock shows the seconds flashflashflash
no more tickticktocktick

but it's the same concept,
i'm still awake
unable to sleep
my mind is running
flashing ideas on my closed eyelids
like the digital clock flashesflashesflashes

calm i say be still
but the what ifs appear
without hesitation
they pose their unanswerable questions
and i remember that i must be up in the morning
and i try to force my mind to sleep
and my anxiety only makes it worse

and then i think back to the digital clock
and i slip to sleep thinking 

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.,N.
 Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
         Bronx, New York 10468

        Last updated: November 14, 2004