Insomnia Blues

“I woke up this morning”
blues singers always say
I guess that’s a good place to start,
when their troubles begin

“I woke up this morning”
sometime before breakfast
before the golden eggs can fry up
in the pan

this makes their heartbreak
seem that much more unbearable
enduring hard-luck situations
on an empty stomach

“I woke up this morning”
they narrate once again
but if I wrote a blues song
I’d have to start it differently

because I spend my nights
turning in bed, watching the ceiling
there’s no waking up from
never falling asleep

if I finally splash through
murky waters of unconsciousness
trouble won’t wait to follow me
down into my dreams


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