For When You Cannot Sleep

Berukhah at Yah
Ruakh ha’olam
Blessed Steady Breath,
It is the middle of the night and I am awake. 

My brain will not stop:
I fret, I plan, I pine.
So I read, I pee, I pet the cat
But nothing works. 
Tell me a story,
Something familiar and soothing,
Nothing real:
Comfort and stupefy me. 
Then make this night like Shabbat 
With no before or after
And nothing to worry about
Besides my blankets. 
I close my eyes for this holy conversation 
And ask that every breath becomes a soothing prayer
And ask for a quiet heart,
And imagine that I sleep. 


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