An aspect of sustained independence:
Disquieting solitary sleep, thief of
Rejuvenating night-time respite.
Various attempted remedies offer
Unreliable relief: novels, crosswords,
Late-night TV's too-familiar re-runs.
When visiting friends, relaxation and sleep
Visit me at bedtime, hospitable ushers into
Uninterrupted hours of peaceful slumber.
Gratitude for both/and experiences, both ends of
Continuum: soaring freedom of independent life AND
Invaluable contribution of comforting companionship.
Again quoting clever Shakespeare's Macbeth (II, 2, 3):
"Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast."
Ann Beth Blake
(c) July 9, 2014