O Insomnia, Muse of the
on the eaves, icicles cannot decide
relentlessly they drip
at first it was
then a roofer
and last a writer at her keyboard
(or is it god’s impatient fingers
trying to decide whether to stay
the peachpit sits
roots to tunnel furiously
wings arching dramatically
“such is the story of my life”
so it sits where I left it
Copyright 2009, James K. Zimmerman. © This work is protected under the U.S. copyright laws. It may not be reproduced, reprinted, reused, or altered without the expressed written permission of the author.
Currently a clinical psychologist in private practice, James K. Zimmerman was a songwriter and performer in a previous life. He is the author of numerous articles, papers, and songs, and author and editor of a volume on adolescent suicide. He is the winner of the 2009 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest and the 2009 Daniel Varoujan Award. His work appears in SLAB, Penumbra, Off Channel, Winning Writers, ICON, and the Poetry Annual from Wild Leaf Press.