That space in-between
Neither awake nor sleep
waiting, suspended
in limbo
Yearning for the deep
The mind in overdrive
unable to calm
tossing and turning
the body contorting  
What medicine will calm?
Imagination racing
Should I count some sheep?
say numbers backwards?
I tried all of the above
and did drift to sleep 

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

M is guest hosting at D'Verse tonight and has prompted us
with the word Limbo

Go Dog Go Cafe's Tuesday Writing Challenge promoted us
to use the words Drift to Sleep

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  27 comments for “Suspended

  1. M
    May 14, 2019 at 4:58 am

    My apologies for replying so late – life and work intruded.

    As I write this at 1:57 am, I certainly can identify with your questions – and hope for the same result.

    Thanks for adding to the Limbo prompt

    ~ M

    • Christine Bolton
      May 14, 2019 at 7:38 am

      Please don’t apologize. It’s all good! 🙂

  2. May 1, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Christine, have you tried herb capsules and herbal teas? Those help and I have a good list of them if you’re interested. Also a biggie I found that helps me sleep is to turn my router and my phone on airplane mode. Staying off electronics a half hour before sleep also helps. Believe me, I’ve become an expert at getting sound sleep. We need our REM desperately!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Lisa. Yes I’ve tried a lot of things and I usually find I’m over stimulated when I can’t sleep, so agree with you on the electronics. Lately I’ve listened to meditation music and it really helps. Plus of course the Tylenol PM always works 🙂👍

  3. Beverly Crawford
    May 1, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    The dilemma of wide awakes! Wouldn’t it be nice if the brain had an on/off?

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      Oh that would be too perfect, wouldn’t it? 🙂

  4. May 1, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I like the thought of limbo being the period between being awake and asleep.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      Yes that’s right Frank….better than dancing it! LOL 🙂

  5. May 1, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    that nocturnal limbo seems to stretch into hours

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      Isn’t that the truth Laura! 🙂

  6. May 1, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Ugh…you have perfectly described my night.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2019 at 10:33 am

      You have a lot on your mind right now 😢 sorry

      • May 1, 2019 at 12:26 pm

        No worries. Such is life.

  7. May 1, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I will always fall asleep… but I also wake a lot during the night.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Just as bad! 😕 thanks for reading Bjorn

  8. May 1, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Sounds familiar! Awesome piece

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Yes, we can all relate! 🙂 Thank you!

  9. May 1, 2019 at 3:47 am

    I know that feeling, You’ve captured it perfectly.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2019 at 8:30 am

      Thank you my friend! 🙂💕

  10. April 30, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    it’s hard to sleep when the mind is in overdrive. If I am really tired though, I sleep instantly when I am in bed, smiles.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Yes Grace! I have to be dog tired to fall asleep instantly 😑

  11. April 30, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Sometimes the limbo occurs just before we go to sleep.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2019 at 10:16 pm

      Yes it probably does Dwight. I just want to get to sleep and not do the limbo!! LOL 🙂

      • April 30, 2019 at 11:06 pm


  12. April 30, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    love this

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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