Dawn seems so far away, night so long and cruel
Strangers pass in cars unknown, unaware of the torment within these walls
The noise as they pass outside distracts me from my sleepless struggle
Daylight yet to scatter across my bleak horizon, the days routine distant to arrive.
Tell me why oh tell me why for some the pain that loses sleep
Awake while others slumber on, oblivious to our nightly torment
The house is silent save for the unrelenting tick of the kitchen clock
To remind how time can pass so slowly at this hour of day.
Mind games play, depression sets and life seems so unfair
Still others suffer far worse fates but this is no reward
My body twitches, my muscles tense and then the violent kick
As mind releases random blasts down nerves torn to shreds
Can any soul who does not have this affliction ever understand
Its just a joke to some and amusement abounds amongst ignorant friends
They cannot see nor want to see that it is so much more than that
RLS or ‘jiggy leg’ it makes no sense to some.
It is not ‘in the mind’, its fact, a medical condition proven
So take it seriously, have some care and try to understand
Its no joke, it ruins lives, destroys a persons being
Now rest a while and think on this and try to comprehend.
There is no ‘cure’ its here to stay and possibly get worse
Only drugs that help a while but sometimes don’t seem to work
But as the body uses them and gets to know them well
The curse gets worse and so demands that more and more gets used.
My bed screams out to have me back and how much I do crave
But should I weaken to lay down soon or will it just return
I have no answer, have no thoughts, without sleep my brain is shot
So I will try again but fear the worst, dawn is nearly here.
Written by me in the early hours of this morning