Sleep Diaries (Corona Virus Poems)

Yesterday’s Zoom session

imagine that the word Zoom now part of our

everyday vocabulary we’ve never

Zoomed  til now doctor’s appointment

to talk about sleep and she, her face closer

than she would be in her office

she said Tell Me About Your Sleep and in the end

she prescribed a pill and a pill cutter. Take half she said.

Let me know what happens.  Possible side

effects from the paper with pills:

Unusually Grand Ideas.

I took half a pill and woke up

3:41 and thought Oh No I’ll

Never Go Back to Sleep. At 4:45 I did and then

I had dream after dream after dream about so many

people I haven’t seen in years no Grand Ideas not one

and oddly enough although my sleep was,

as always, mixed, I woke

up in spite of All This in spite of sleep

I woke up happy.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Your poem so mirrors my experience with sleep. I have the pill cutter and the pill I’m trying to get off, a pill I’ve been taking for years. It’s day 11 of my 42-day plan. I’ve had sleep issues for years, and they have driven me to explore many philosophies and calming practices for which I am very thankful. But those long hours of thinking, “I don’t even feel tired”, still visit too often. Happy coping, Lynne

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