sleep 

Seemanta Ghosh

You would think that when the lights go out,

I sleep.

Just because I am tired that doesn’t mean

I sleep.

I think of dragonflies tied on strings and the lotus flowers in her hair.

I never sleep.

And then I say, “ok now sleep,”

The fan above me slows and I know I can’t stop time.

I won’t sleep.

Maybe it helps that it’s raining and you’re so far from me

I doze off,

And when I wake—away it went,

my sleep

 

Seemanta “Sam” Ghosh, a junior English major at the University at Albany, is an aspiring elementary school educator whose hobbies include dancing, writing poetry, and listening to Bollywood music.