Portal #13 How to Fall Asleep


illustrator: Julie Rohan Zoch


Put down the yo-yos

go darkest-blanket your spots-

let breathing take o’er


went to bed @10PM-knees hurt-scalp itched-had mate scratch back-tossed&turned-it was 2 AM-took shower-washed hair-drank water-finally fell asleep with a Benedryl-was awakened by NYS Alert System at 7AM warning of severe thunderstorm, hail, and high winds-the fire horns blared-the trees blustered. All I had was slow methodic zen breathing: elixir of sleep.

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