Failing Night


Just after five—

I have not been asleep


Pain shoots through

My leg, a single line

Of nerve


As if a wire was pushed

Through inside


Then something threw

A supernatural switch

Tripping a low current

Of too-warm, electric


Sting without



Pulsing through tired

Muscle and protesting



Having surrendered

Day’s labors into

Aspiration’s night of

Negligent awareness

Barely keeping guard


Letting go of awake

To turn into dream


In hope to re-knit and

Repair stretched

Measures in the body

And the mind


It’s a cycle that’s

Supposed to work


Why then is pain

Ruining what I’ve made


Not fair


I want to rest then rise

With good, hale

Consciousness beneath

The skin