Sleepless Nights

Sleep with one eye open?
I'm better off with two.
With eyes closed, images haunt me
'til I blink to see the room.

A night light on the bad nights
to remind me where I am.
My thoughts gave me a bad fright
as I imagine grasping hands.

I'm afraid to sleep for nightmares
though I still get them when awake
forced to re-experience what happened
and how they put my life at stake.

It was so long ago now.
I wish I could forget.
Instead, see my many triumphs
and the people I have met

Yes I'm blessed to be alive
and stronger every day,
but the quiet darkness of the night
brings back old memories. 

sitting in bed


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