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Reversal of fortune

I used to lie awake at night
even with the pills
praying for a goodly sleep
to cure me of my ills

but then, the greenies vaporized
and many nights of Hell
I spent, and I was terrorized
by the clock’s alarming bell

and then, the jumpy nerves were calm
and I was amply blessed
and given mind and body balm
with periods of rest

but now, with many weeks gone by
no medicine to take
I open up my drowsy eyes
but cannot stay awake.

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Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.

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