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Sleepless In Tacoma...

by Tiffany Gordon about a month ago in slam poetry
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Slam Poetry

Sleepless In Tacoma...
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Sleep eludes me once again...

It is as if, Insomnia has become my best friend…


The Young & The Restless is currently my favorite Daytime Soap…

Unfortunately, being 'young and restless' has also become my nighttime internal trope...


Randomly counting sheep feels so mundane…

Old School Erykah Badu & Youtube scriptures are what keep a sleepless-me sane...


When my loyal homegurl Insomnia comes to town...

Sleep aids suddenly frown, lose efficacy & collapse to the ground…


Through trial & error I've learned what sticks...

For only Good thoughts & The Creator are strong enough to quell her tricks...


Fortunately, our comforting friend Restful Sleep always steps in and manages to win the tug of war in the end...

By giving Insomnia a bear hug, his calm he lends...


Then, Insomnia rests as soundly as Sleeping Beauty for awhile...

Until the next troubled human's Anxiety & Stress cause her to rouse...


Fortunately, Insomnia only visits me twice a year...

And when she inevitably arrives again, you best believe I'll have my above-mentioned tools of calm & a good book near…

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About the author

Tiffany Gordon

I am a super-spiritual, fun-loving artist, writer, & peer-counselor residing in the Pacific Northwest. I am also an Institute of Children's Literature alumna who enjoys writing about the triumph of the human spirit.

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  • Christian Johnson2 days ago

    Everyone has their tools to fall asleep when insomnia hits. Mine is anything narrated by David Attenborough :)

  • 🌹👑💋👍❤️

  • Whitaker Lee14 days ago

    I love your prose. It’s smooth like jazz.

  • Thayrile20 days ago

    Nice 👍

  • Jeffrey Allison21 days ago

    Insomnia has plagued me in great situations.

  • I have insomnia. It’s hard to sleep 😢

  • Neferitiri21 days ago

    *waves from Spokane*

  • Fahmida Akter22 days ago

    Amazing Writing!!

  • So totally relatable my friend. Congratulations on top story.

  • Dana Stewart22 days ago

    This was so relevant and refreshing! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Blake Booth22 days ago

    This was wonderful and refreshing, at least knowing I am not alone.

  • liliaemano23 days ago

    Loving your words and minds...

  • C. H. Richard23 days ago

    Omg I can so relate❤️ Well done and congratulations on your top story!

  • Julie Shetler23 days ago

    Wow, a personification of insomnia. I totally loved reading this!

  • Cathy holmes23 days ago

    Yayyyy, top story girl!

  • Amazing, hearted Congratulations on your top story

  • Keila Aartila23 days ago

    Good writing, Tiffany! And congrats on the Top Story!

  • The Dani Writer24 days ago

    Bullseye of a topic Tiffany! Mega YAYS!

  • Thavien Yliaster26 days ago

    There was a period of time in my life where I dared not to fall asleep for fear of heart-wrenching fear attacks. Having a vivid imagination is a blessing and a curse. Sure, it may help with creativity, but if one were to have haunting thoughts, they are made worse constantly. There was a period of time when I prayed so much at my bedside that I fell asleep on my knees. There was a period of time where I would only fall asleep with my hands clasped tightly in prayer. There was a period of time when I only slept with a wooden cross underneath my pillow. There was a period of time when I only slept once I was drifted off to sleep, monotonously saying my prayers. There was a period of time where I was afraid not to pray. Even without fear, I still pray to this very day.

  • Bazooka Teaches29 days ago

    I like this one!

  • Cathy holmes30 days ago

    Great piece, Tiffany. Well done.

  • Mariann Carrollabout a month ago

    That is some slamming poem for sure. Love the used of Young and the restless ❤️👌🎉🎤

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Insomnia is super scary to me. I've had experienced it and omg, it was hell. Like the best thing in life is sleep and it's like the end of the world not to be able to do that. But I'm so glad you have some remedies up your sleeve!

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