Sleep – Freeverse
Sleep tiptoes inside my skin,
like a thief entering a familiar house.
Drenched in his sweat, he waits,
for the right moment to steal the energy
I made love to all day.
Sleep drugs me like I am the
easy catch at the party, who could be
escorted to a bedroom.
Sleep invades me like I am an
underdeveloped country that needs a ruler
to re-establish customs and morals.
Sleep forces me into a marriage
with the nightmares I had long abandoned.
On some nights, sleep fathers me,
but he is a traitor who betrays me
when I swim in my blue despondence.
Sleep ransacks me like I have
secrets to hide in the crevices of my body.
I am now possessed.
I genuflect before sleep, it blesses me.
I surrender to a comatose slumber
and do not wake up until my kid stirs.
©Kavya Janani. U
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