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Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Poem for National Sleep Awareness Week March 3-10, 2013

Waking America to the Importance of Sleep

by Austin Alexis

I am the screech in silence.
Also the quiet
that is too insistent.
During still night, my long hours
long not to be so long.
Like the prematurely buried
I can’t stay put — nor rise.
All options seem impossible
though they tease.
Stray thoughts chaos my mind.
Held hostage, my mind rebels against
the hush that would free it.

I am a vase that has fractured. 
When all three thousand pieces
are found and reassembled
I’ll sleep.

This poetry selection is from Austin Alexis's book, For Lincoln & Other Poems (Poets Wear Prada 2010), and was first published online at RogueScholars.com.  To find out more about National Sleep Awareness Week, please visit www.sleepfoundation.org

For Lincoln & Other Poems
by Austin Alexis
ISBN 978-0-9841844-3-9 
Perfect Bound, 34pp.
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Poet Wear Prada: March 2010
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