The Mattress Aisle

March 30, 2010
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I love going to the mattress store
I love walking down the aisles
These aisles that are lined
With some of the world’s
Most comfortable beds.
A customer will walk in the store
And pick out their favorite bed.
That customer will sleep in that bed.
They’ll have dreams
Making them laugh
Or cry in despair
Trailing tears on the sheets.
They’ll lay awake restlessly
Counting sheep
Staring at the ceiling
Out the window.
They might get up for a glass of water.
Maybe a bowl of cereal
To put them back to sleep.
They’ll sit at the counter
Elbow on the granite
Head down
Stirring frosted flakes.
What happens when you can’t go to sleep?
Lay awake on the mattress
Trying to make you brain numb.
Stuff your face into the pillow
Find that comfortable sleeping position.
Close your eyes shut
Block out the banter
And try to finally, finally go to sleep
On that mattress
You thought would be comfortable
When you walked down the aisles.

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Erica G. said...
Oct. 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm
this is so good!
wind.and.rain.again said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm
this is great! it makes me really think out of the box and think about how each action we make affects our lives. in a funny way:)
thewriteidea This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm
thx so much!
dianaforfree said...
May 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm
such raw, almost humorous, truth. i love love love it. and might i say creative. very much so; as 'jill456' said, never before have a read a poem about mattress aisles! brilliant!
gelpen94 said...
Apr. 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm
this is a really cut poem. you have a good flow. keep writing. i will definitly look at all your poems!
jill456 said...
Apr. 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm
Again and again you continue to surprise me. I have never before read a poem about a mattress aisle, yet you make it seem so simple. The beat in this poem is very rhythmic and flows really great. I like how you describe not being able to sleep so then getting a bowl of frosted flakes. It's what some people do! Another fabulous write. Great job!
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