John G. Nelson

(August 24,1976 / Monrovia, Liberia)

Can't sleep


I can’t rest, I can’t breathe easily
I can’t sleep, I can’t dream clearly.
Anxieties, pains beat me so easily
I’ve pleaded, they spoke unkindly.
Faces turn; they walk inattentively.

I can’t write a word properly,
I grasp not my thoughts clearly
Hatred, animosity breed in silently.
I love, hope but falls short easily.
& Wounds can’t erase so quickly.

I grasp not why I’m treated differently
Alien I’m named, & curse persistently.
dream never pleased, deny consistently
I’m given pain, & fear to chew, silently
The beast has no heart; it inflates daily.

John nelson 7/26/2005

Submitted: Friday, January 12, 2007
Edited: Thursday, December 23, 2010
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  • Melvina Germain (4/13/2007 11:56:00 AM)

    Then one must get rid of the beast and take back youe sleep allowing one to think clearly and enjoy what life has to offer. Very good poem John--Melvina-- (Report) Reply

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