Night slinks by like a cat. It’s stillness prys at my brain. I listen to noises muffled outside. Critters chatter back and forth. A racoon steals something another one screams. I close my eyes another fifty times. Sleep, where are you?
Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh. Ceiling fan moves cool air. Maybe it’s too fast. I itch. A scratch rises to surface of my leg. I ignore it. It burns. I scratch but it comes back. I turn again. And again. And again. The clock says 12:55. It’s been longest ten minutes of my life. Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh.
I open eyes. I can see in the dark. Everything is greyscale. But there clear as day. I walk into a dark room, nothing. I struggle to sleep, vision plays with my head.
A car races down street. Loud exhaust tells me where it’s going. I don’t care. But I know. A wind stirs trees. The branches laugh at me. I turn…and turn. The cat tired of my restlessness heads for better quarters. I swear he is snoring already somewhere else.
1:00, oh dear God.
1:01, I watch a digital clock. It’s not helping. Whoosh,whoosh, whoosh. Another car. More racoons. More branches. The pillow covers my head.