Really This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

January 24, 2016

I know that I should be asleep
Like the others on board with me
My mind is a roller coaster that has no end
Always running full speed ahead.
Even the airline personnel have sleep in their eyes
I know that I have baggage under mine
Like most other people
My bags are my own doing through
Always staying up late
Even when I know that I should sleep.
I know that I have a caffeine addiction
Like many other Americans
My caffeine addiction is because I don’t sleep
Always tired, even when I’ve slept.
I’m really too tired to be writing this
I know I probably shouldn’t be
But the flight is long
And my wifi is gone
So maybe I must write this.
Sleep is trying to eat me
Swallow me whole, envelop me in darkness
Like a sweet lover’s embrace
Maybe I should sleep
But there isn’t sleep in my eyes
But there is in my mind.
I know that I should be asleep
Like the other people around me.
My mind is a bullet, dangerous in the wrong hands
Even when I am those hands.
Maybe I should sleep
But on a plane?
I would rather jump
Off a cliff
Into water
Off a bridge
Into an inflatable pillow
Off a boat
Into the arctic sea
Maybe I just don’t like sleep.
Maybe I should just let chaos ensue.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the April 2016 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






Join the Discussion

This article has 1 comment. Post your own now!

LoveLetters said...
Jun. 4, 2016 at 5:57 pm
Beautiful and intelligent.
 
bRealTime banner ad on the left side
Site Feedback