Shutdown…Or Sleep?

Every night,
I find myself
Confronted with
The same dilemma.

After a day,
Focused on


Fixated on you,

I sit down to finish
The same love note.

So wanting you,
To know me,
And want me,
And connect with…


After dinner,
After all my chores,
And company work
Are complete…

I face a half- empty screen,
And blinking cursor…

Drawing me into
Its false promise of satisfaction,

Demanding my thoughts,

Exacerbating my insecurities,

And undeniably

That emotional wound,
Yet to heal…

As it was last night,
And the night before,
And the night before.

Somewhere between

“Hey…I’ve been thinking about you,”

And deleting that abysmal attempt,
To bridge my world,
With yours,



Maybe I’m not meant to break the shackles
That chain me to the empty now,
Tortured by sensing you in my arms,
Leaving my love for you


Call it what you will…


But each night,
This is what I do,

This is
What I bear…

The crushing weight

Of me,

Wanting so badly,

For you,
To want


Just another moment
Staring at this half-written reflection
Of my failure.

Now what do I do?

The screen demands
An answer,

And therefore

Or “Sleep,”
And therefore

And moving forward is

But that takes courage,
Doesn’t it?

Just another thing
I’m lacking.

So this night…

As in the last,

I select “Sleep,”

I guess…

To grasp,
And clutch
So tightly
To this mist of you
Caressing my fingertips.



© 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

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6 thoughts on “Shutdown…Or Sleep?

  1. So beautifully expressed!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate the comment and interest to read my work!


      1. You deserve it sir😊

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  2. This. I have lived in this, too.
    I really liked the phrase “the empty now” and “…I bear the crushing weight of me wanting so badly for you to want Me”. Yep.

    It’s really helped me to go ahead and grieve once I admitted to myself that he and I never actually had what I was hoping we did. Not once. It was ridiculously hard!! I don’t know what the case is for you, so that may not apply. Hopefully, it doesn’t. 🙂

    Anyway, hope your sunset is lovely tonight. Tomorrow is a new day!

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    1. So many thanks.

      And I really appreciate your thoughts and interest.

      And yes…

      My sunset was perfect, and I hope the same for you!!


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