By Reyna N. Vasquez Bisono
Excessive daytime drowsiness
Doesn’t that say it all?
All my body wants to do is sleep
And waking up is a constant fight
With no real victory in sight
Frustration never more than a blink away,
blink… blink… blink
My eyelids start feeling heavy
Always on the brink
The fog starts pulling at me
Awareness slipping away
A never-ending game of tug-of-war
I don’t ever remember signing up for
Energy spent trying to keep focus,
But exhaustion doesn’t ask permission,
it only invades
Phasing in and out of life is the norm for me
More than tired
Days fade and depression seeps in
An unwelcome guest to my narcoleptic escapades
And as if that weren’t enough,
they brought cataplexy with them too
Everyone knows that three’s a crowd.
Powder keg emotions ignite paralyzing effects
Body-bound and tongue-tied against my will
Muscle weakness is a weakness,
and we don’t show that here
My narcolepsy makes me crave sleep,
But the world makes me embrace it
Why face your problems,
when you can just go to sleep instead?
Reyna N. Vasquez Bisono currently resides in Brentwood, New York with an older brother and both parents. Writing has always been a passion of hers, from the moment pen was put to paper. Vasquez Bisono self-published Random Thoughts Breed Expressive Monologues available in both paperback and Kindle e-Book. Being both a minority and a DACA recipient have been defining features of her life and has bled into her poetry. Vasquez Bisono hopes readers will read her poetry with both an open heart and open mind, and she hopes she has made her work relatable enough so that no one ever feels alone.