Been up since 4:30 AM
Wanting to return to the safety
of my slumber and unawareness.
Not wanting to think, remember or understand
too tired to get up
too awake to retreat into sleep.

My mind is slowly being filled with
words, promises, and enlightenment.
The how’s and why’s crowd the room
pushing me off to a corner of the bed,
like a selfish lover.

I want to rest
but my body is too tired to do useful things
stretching, cleaning, sorting, sleeping
and straightening the book shelves.
My mind/eyes were are too uncommitted
to follow the words…
on the magazine page.
I am left alone think
its really too early to call God!


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.