Insomnia: an atypical glose

“into that world inverted

where left is always right,

where the shadows are really the body,

where we stay awake all night” – ‘Insomnia’ by Elizabeth Bishop

You know that feeling right before you fall asleep,

when liquid time floats your body in drifting

seas of semi-conscious paradigm

into that world inverted

by the senses? A mirror world where hours slow and quicken,

the mind loose and mutable as water.

A space where the mind’s eye is blind,

where left is always right

and everything’s identical qualitatively

but reverse like light through a pinhole.

The self does not matter or maybe too much,

where the shadows are really the body

and you’re there/not-there all at once.

A too-fast mind scattering thoughts like bright stars

through vertiginous skies. Brain interprets, distorts,

where we stay awake all night.

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