I stayed up hanging on the line last night
My eyeballs were putting up a terrible fight
With my lids defiant and the screen too bright
Skin so itchy in pyjamas, something wasn’t right

With the tablet scrolling, tapping black on grey
Skimming lousy fan fiction ‘til the break of day
Guilty pleasures to distract me from this state of play
Knowing all too well what he would have to say

I’ve been lounging round in bubble baths to help me snooze
With late night meditating, self-hypnosis, pills and booze
Relaxation seems an ever more elusive muse
Necking Nytol, chugging camomile but no good news

Been a long time now since I couldn’t sleep
Keeping busy, feeling dizzy ‘til the clock goes beep
Waking dreams so crammed with thoughts that slither dark and deep
Just keep walking through the daylight feeling ready to weep

When your brain won’t slow and your ears won’t close
And you’re feeling sort of coldy from your head to your toes
No hot toddy makes you noddy, as the restless grows
Squirming prone beneath the duvet in your sleeping clothes

But the minute you stretch to find your feet again
He starts complaining in his sleep and clutching at your hem
As his snoring fills your senses and you pray for REM
You’re still stuck playing teddy while you count to ten

Sick of sheep that wander wooly through your neural net
As you lie caught between ‘it’s bed-time’ and ‘not-breakfast-yet’
Swearing blue streaks in the curtains trying to forget
It’s been an hour since you last visited the cabinet

Essential oils to make you sleepy getting in your face
With the stink of lavender all over the place
Singing whales offend the cat but buy you no more grace
He steals the pillow, sprawling fur in every inch of space

When the sun comes sneaking through the soggy dawn
You’ve given up on any rest; just put your knickers on
Stumble downstairs grumbling looking pale and wan
Bag grabbed, you’re lurching to the bus stop with the zombie throng

The Pussy Wallows Blues

There’s a monkey on the back
Of my little black cat
He’s been gettin’ high on catnip
Yeah, an’ givin’ backchat

Took a flyin’ leap on Sunday
Pushed a pot plant down the stairs
Chewed another one on Monday
Givin’ us the evil stares

All because the kitty’s comin’ down
An’ strung out on his weed
We’ve had claws an’ fangs an’ spittin’
‘Til our jeans started to bleed

He’s a lovely pussy normally
But brother, what a stoner!
My sister was the pusher, she
Now owes us both a coma

For up at dawn an’ yowlin’
For the nightcap he was missin’
My little kitty howlin’ loud
Down stairs an’ on a mission

He’s rousin’ up his slaves
To dig the plants out of the ground
An’ find the one he’s cravin’
So the good times roll around

I Remember Love

The heady rush
Of lip to lip

That churned my gut
With borrowed bliss

Oh, yes, mad love
The hit, the miss

As you threw up
I craved a kiss

Remember touch?
So sticky sweet

The smell of lust
And dirty sheets

Those instant blues
A bitter flood

Left feeling used
With red hot blood

The universe
That chewed and chewed

And spat us out
With love to spare

As though you’d tasted
Salty doubt

No appetite
To feel, to care

And in the end
So sad, so sore

No room for lovers