darkness seeps through these veins
my pounding heart an unlikely companion
invisible ceiling hovering
crushing my body
the absent tick tock of the clock
trawling through the long hours
dreamlessness a curse to my once stable mind
the sweet peace of sleep evading this restless soul
as I wait night after endless night

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© Dawn Whitehand

More Insomnia

sleep is evasive (3.53 am)
the long dark shadows of night
a security blanket (3.54 am)
enveloping my thoughts
cleansing my mind (3.55 am)
stealing my sanity
eroding my self (3.56 am)

Pastel on Handmade Paper

Pastel on Handmade Paper

© Dawn Whitehand 2015





slumber alludes me
despite heavy eyelids
drooping uncontrolled
and muscle spasms
jumping erratically jolting

lucid thought patterns
collapse inwardly exploding
minds eye shutting down
numbness consuming
the fear of not sleeping



© Dawn Whitehand 2014


in the dead of night

the clock ticks eternal
relentless ever louder

tick tock tick tock

mimicking the dripping tap
thundering in the empty sink

drip drop drip drop

jarring my edged (un)nerves
gnawing at my frayed (in)sanity

eat sleep and be merry

invading my scattered (crazy)dreams
a rigid marching (executing) army

left right left right

a masked firing squad kneeling
steady ready aim fire


Wax on Handmade paper

Wax on Handmade paper

© Dawn Whitehand

Insomnia: 8th August 2013, 4.45 AM

If you can’t sleep at night it is because you are awake in somebody else’s dream…

hangs thick
at 5am
can’t sleep
thoughts toil
rusty cogs
an obsolete machine

soon dawn will beckon
the first warble will sing

I hope
I am not awake
to hear it…

Pastel and Charcoal on Paper

Pastel and Charcoal on Paper

© Dawn Whitehand 2013