White Noise

I can no longer sleep without white noise.

Crashing waves, fingers tapping, birds babbling.

The source doesn’t matter much but


Silence is maddening, inviting unwelcome thoughts

irrational fears, pondering if I’ll wake up.

Soft sounds are distracting, a security


somehow keeping me safe from immobility.

That demon in the corner won’t come near

with someone else already whispering in my ear.


Who knew headphones could form a forcefield?

A technological tool for insomniacs

Who still need to be tucked into bed


when too many “what if’s” are in your head.

And yes, it may give way to eccentric dreams

but that’s left for the day to contemplate

and a favorable alternative to night terror screams.


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