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Stalking Sleep   Poem  
Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer)
Everyone has advice for getting to sleep in the brief Northern nights.
Posted: 07/02/14      [No comments yet] ~ 163 words.
 

The long days of summer
with their sunlight nights
can make it difficult
to get enough rest.

The exhausted people
stalk sleep like elusive prey,
and there is never any shortage
of helpful advice.

"You need vigorous exercise,"
the rangers say, who often
wear themselves out hunting
or taking care of snow-unicorns.

"Spend more time indoors,"
the domestics say, whose work
keeps them in the dim houses
where shadows make sleep easier.

"Put a bead on it," everyone says,
because sex is good exercise
and good duty and good fun too,
and most people fall asleep afterwards.

"If all else fails, there's dreamflower tea,"
the healers say, because they don't like
for people to rely on it too much,
but it's always there if you really need it.

Summer is exciting, with so much to do
and so many shining hours to do it in,
but the body has its needs and the elders
are firm in reminding everyone to catch enough sleep.

Author's Notes

This poem was inspired by the "Northern remedies for summer insomnia because of bright nights" square in the Torn World Muse Fusion card 4-16-14 and the "Exhaustion" square in my Origfic Bingo Card 1-31-14. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


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