“Insomnia”Josephine Oduraa Attafuah
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INSOMNIA

Sleep eludes me every night
It’s like a prey dashing out of its predator’s sight
I let out the usual moan
Much like a child being refused its natural daily milk

It feels like war in my head
Maybe the issues going on are burdening me
But then it clicks,
I’m just a little girl

It feels like my head throbs
I feel the regular movements of the vein on my head
More like a lizard nodding to whatever the ground says
Are there many like me? I wonder

But I do love the quiet
When all is at rest
I work peacefully
And slowly when some are stirring,

I begin to see slumber land ahead
Oh no! There comes the sound of the prayer being started
They speak in their megaphones
Awakening the young

And startling the old
Who may be getting a dose
Of their early morning married benefits
I let out a yawn

Still unable to sleep,
Is this insomnia? I continue to wonder.




Josephine Oduraa Attafuah is a Ghanaian living in Ghana but currently sojourning in Iseyin. She is a level 300 student of The University Of Ghana, studying French and Political Science. She is the last of three children born to Mr and Mrs. Attafuah and has been writing since age eleven. She has some publications; notable among them is THE HELLUVA DREAMER (novel). She believes writing is the best way in which she shields and expresses herself freely without fear but caution. She says it is the easiest way in which she bare chests her emotions at any given time. She simply loves writing!

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