Home

Skills

Untalk

Death

Novel

Movies

Services

FAQ

Fees

About me

Contact Me

Forms

For Counselors

Fun Stuff

Sex Test

Cartoons 1

Cartoons 2

Cartoons 3

Cartoons 4

Cartoons 5

Cartoons 6

Cartoons 7

Cartoons 8

Marketing

Links

Defenses

10 Bulls

Purpose of Life

Coyote

Paradoxes

Rape

Overview

Stories

The Fall

Preparing

E-Mail


 

Insomnia


Insomnia,

by Billy Collins



After counting all the sheep in the world
I enumerate the wildebeests, snails,
camels, skylarks, etc.,

then I add up all the zoos and aquairiums,
country by country.

By early light I am asleep
in a nightmare about drowning in the Flood,
yelling across the rising water
at preoccupied Noah as his wondrous
ark sails by and begins to grow smaller.

Now a silhouette on the horizon,
the only boat on earth is disappearing.
As I rise and fall on the rocking waves,
I concentrate on the giraffe couple,
their necks craning over the roof,
to keep my life from flashing before me.

After all the animals wink out of sight
I float on my back, eyes closed.
I picture all the fish in creation
leaping a fence in a field of water,
one colorful species after another.


Here's a version you can download:

Download Insomnia.rtf