Busy Mind Sleeplessness is a pretty common affliction. You lie down, close your eyes, and find yourself thinking about to-do lists, revisiting a mistake, or trying to work out a story/poem/etc for later.
It’s pretty impossible, as far as I can tell, to make yourself stop thinking about something. Turning it over in your mind, poking at it like a loose tooth. (Did you let your baby teeth fall out naturally? Because I confess I twisted and tugged at my teeth, and made quite a few come out early. I just couldn’t leave them alone.) It’s frustrating to try, because you feel like you should be able to control your own brain, but you can’t.
You really can’t, it’s a twisty, contrary thing that seems to take delight in making your life difficult. Throwing up fears and nightmares at the most unhelpful times, and bringing up some hilarious memory at really inappropriate times. Though sometimes I wake up with a clever idea I have to write down right now. So there is some kind of trade off…
Have you ever had this problem? What do you do when your brain won’t quit chugging away?
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A wise man somewhere must have said
that writing poetry in your head
is not of the choices perhaps the best
way of finding peaceful dreaming rest