Theoretical Sleep


Theoretical Sleep



My eyes were fading

I closed the book

And I’m wide awake

I finally fell into a fitful sleep

3:20 a.m.

I’m suddenly awake

I look at the digital clock

Next to the bed

3:20 a.m.

I lie in bed wide awake

Composing this poem

As it repeats in my head

I become more and more fixated

Over and over

The words that keep me awake

Until I get out of bed

And walk to my study

To write down the words

That keep me awake

And my eyes fade

I walk back to bed

And I’m wide awake

As it repeats in my head

Until I finally fall

Into theoretical sleep



Bruce Levine


Bruce Levine has spent his life as a writer of fiction and poetry and as a music and theatre professional. A 2019 Pushcart Prize Poetry nominee, a 2021 Spillwords Press Awards winner, the Featured Writer in WestWard Quarterly Summer 2021 and his bio is featured in Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020.” Bruce has over three hundred works published on over twenty-five on-line journals including Ariel Chart, Spillwords, The Drabble; in over seventy print books including Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal; Halcyon Days and Founder’s Favourites (on-line and print) and his shows have been produced in New York and around the country. His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his late wife, Lydia Franklin. A native Manhattanite, Bruce now lives and writes in Maine. Visit him at 


  1. This perfectly describes my nights. Love the idea of theoretical sleep.

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