The time we spend asleep

This is a villanelle that I rather enjoyed writing. It’s hard to say if free-form poetry is more enjoyable for me or more structured styles.

The Time We Spend Asleep

The time we spend asleep
Our clock won’t stop turning
A loss that we must reap

These hours we can’t keep
Our time slowly burning
The time we spend asleep

At dark the moon we’d leap
Our life filled with learning
A loss that we must reap

No rest makes us a heap
Our sleep we are yearning
The time we spend asleep

No more would we be cheap
Our wages we’d be earning
A loss that we must reap

This need for sleep is deep
Our cycle keeps on churning
The time we spend asleep
A loss that we must reap

 

© Ryan Mathisen

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