Sleepless Nights


It is ten o’ clock
And I’m ready for bed
Ready to shut my eyes
And rest my weary head

Been lying in bed for a while
But the restlessness doesn’t lessen
I’ve been tossing and turning
And it’s now a quarter past eleven

The clock strikes midnight
And I’m still wide awake
Various thoughts running through my head
Do nothing to dull that ache

I find myself thinking
Of all that’s come undone
With work, money, friendships and love
Until it’s almost one

Depressing thoughts of being all alone
The fear of what I’m going to do
Without enough money at the moment
And then the clock strikes two

I’m trying hard to stop these thoughts
As the time is almost three
I wonder when the sandman
Will throw some sleeping dust on me

I get out of bed
And walk to the door
I need some warm milk
As the time is almost four

I’m still thinking about work
And hoping my critical clients are alive
I run through all the upcoming appointments
As the rising sun indicates it’s five

I move on to dwelling on my love life
Or the lack of anything in the mix
And how I really need to get past my ex
The alarm going off tells me it’s six

I lie in bed for some time more
Thinking about all the bills to pay
I find myself wishing I could fall asleep
And wake up to a brand new day

A day when none of my worries exist
No problems with work, bills or love
A day when I’ve woken up from a peaceful slumber
And I’m truly thankful to the one above

Instead I drag myself out of bed
With eyes as heavy as can be
To get myself ready for the day
Starting with a massive shot of coffee

Work is actually good for me
As it makes things feel all right
But then it’s back home again
And back to another sleepless night

(c) Sanch Vee @ Sanch Writes (5 January 2010)

  1. Indian Pundit

    January 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I am not having sleepless nights

    Thank God.

    Very nicely written.

    Most of the stuff is based on my imagination

    Curious that a person who sleeps well at night is imagining about sleepless nights….hahahaha….


  2. Technolustmaxx

    January 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    It’s still Tuesday 5th where I am. This is like reading into the future.


    Trust Your Technolust

  3. Sidthegnomenator

    January 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I’m very pleased to heat it! Nice work, I like it.

  4. Reema

    January 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    very nice poem! why is it clients and not patients?

  5. Shahid Mukadam

    January 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I loved the poem….its a good account of insomnia…and the reasons behind it..
    gr8 work


  6. Chatterbox

    January 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks for the disclaimer PB.
    Had you not added the foot note I would have easily accepted your fabulous writing as a piece from your personal life.

    It’s a brilliant virtue to be able to sleep through toughest of times and biggest of worries.

    Hope life stays cool and easy at your end.

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Matt

    January 6, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I find it so hard to Rhyme! And you do so with utter ease :)Bravo!

    A lovely poem on insomnia 😛

  8. Makk

    January 6, 2010 at 9:59 am


    you have bolden “NOT”..

    btw ..nice one.


  9. crystaldewdrops

    January 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Very well written fact while reading the first few lines i felt…oh this is how restless i feel at times

  10. Sweet Nothings!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:49 am

    hey happy new year!!! nice write up though can relate to it..hahahha

  11. Sanch, the writer

    January 8, 2010 at 2:28 am

    @ IP: Welcome! It is part of my imagination because I just had trouble falling asleep a night or two ago and then thought of this poem and what it would be like to stay awake all night… 🙂 So yeah, based on imagination! 😀

    @ Technolust: Lol! 🙂

    @ Kirby: Hehe…thanks 🙂

    @ Titaxy: Thanks 🙂

    @ Reema: Thanks 🙂 It’s clients because only medical doctors refer to them as patients. Psychologists/Social workers/Counsellors…we refer to them as clients.

    @ Shahid: Thank you! 🙂

    @ Chatterbox: Thank you 🙂 While some of the worries are from real life, I don’t stay awake at night worrying…my way of dealing with stress tends to be ‘avoidance’ and so I sleep! 😛 Thanks for your concern… 🙂

    @ Matt: Thanks 🙂 It’s probably the only talent I have and have been working on since I was about 8 or 9 years old…

    @ Makk: Thanks 🙂

    @ Dew: Thank you 🙂 Hope you don’t relate to the entire poem coz that means you are not sleeping well 🙂

    @ SweetNothings: Long time!! Happy New Year to you too! And thanks 🙂

  12. Venice

    January 10, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Hey… nice rhyming and I love the way you string simple words into impactful lines!

  13. Sanch, the writer

    January 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

    @ Venice: Thanks! 🙂

    @ IHM: Thank you! 🙂 I have only stayed up most of the night like this a couple of times…not recently though…

  14. indianhomemaker

    January 11, 2010 at 8:41 am

    This does happen to me when I am worried about something, though I don’t stay up all night, I wake up very early and can’t go back to sleep!! Could totally relate to it .. lovely!!

  15. Indian Home Maker

    January 11, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Did my comment here reach you?

  16. Anonymous

    January 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Its 12 ‘O’ clock MidNoon
    I think i am gonna swoon
    Had been thru a tough day
    Happy I read your words today
    Good Post Babbler

  17. Hemant Shetye

    January 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Nicely expressed…simple words…and rhymes makes to visualise….When you become more personal and share ur experience It becomes the experience of evrybody….universal….crosses the boundry of self and reaches to the heart and minds resembling it in the same way………………….impressed

  18. Psych Babbler

    January 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Welcome Hemant! And thanks for the nice comments… =)

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