Paper wings

In sleepless silence
night mourns the dreaming
lost to a fallen star.
Shadows chase the ghosts of morning,
ever seeking to consume them,
jealous of their light.
Paper wings flutter
unheeded to the floor
in flightless death.
The wakeful poet dips his pen
in cold coffee
beside the empty bed
and yearns for dawn.


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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63 Responses to Paper wings

  1. Not being able to sleep is difficult, Sue, and I know it is something you suffer from at the best of times. My mother and husband have the same problem. Fortunately, this is one problem I’ve never had to date.

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  2. Paula Light says:

    Lovely poetry borne of pain. Wishing you a peaceful weekend πŸ’–

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  3. Shanyu says:

    This is a wonderful poem. It’s melancholy and dark with words of longing, but very evocative. Poignant to, at times. Really really good.

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  4. Shouldn’t that be ‘the wakeful poet dips her pen’ ?
    It’s a powerful image, but I’m guessing you’d rather sleep that be awake to write about it.

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    Those feathers are us reaching out to support you. πŸ’œ

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  6. jenanita01 says:

    I have never had any trouble sleeping, but this year I have woken before dawn most days. My brain seems to think I need more time to worry about everything. I am getting through so much work though!


  7. Sadje says:

    This is a very moving poem. Beautifully written Sue


  8. Darlene says:

    ItΒ΄s true, creativity comes from sleepless nights. A fabulous and very moving poem. I hope you get the sleep you need soon. xo


  9. V.M.Sang says:

    A beautiful and moving poem, Sue. The loss of taste is not good. It’s one of our best senses.


  10. memadtwo says:

    Those last hours of a sleepless night are the hardest.
    I know the uses and reasons for steroids but they do awful things to the body and mind. I’m hoping your taste will return soon–I too would really miss the flavor and aroma of of coffee. (K)


  11. A gorgeous poem Sue πŸ’•. Thinking of you and hoping you are ok πŸ₯°


  12. A beautiful poem, Sue. But I hope sleep descended on the wakeful poet. ❀


  13. Loved the poem Sue, but hope you can rest. Thinking of you every day. ❀


  14. best time to pen a poem is in the throes of insomnia, nice job


  15. daisybala says:

    Awesome poem Sue😊Hope you feel better soon πŸ’œ


  16. The coffee bit is both hilarious and wonderfully symbolic of creative struggle. Nice poem!


  17. Eliza Waters says:

    Insomnia has two sides, 1) all you want is to sleep deeply and 2) the quiet of night is such a fertile time for creativity. We like both!
    Lately, I’ve been listening to a CD of ocean surf and timing my in and out breaths with ebb and breaking of the waves. Relaxes surprisingly well and sleep arrives faster than other things I’ve tried. Do you have such CDs there or shall I send you one? Might be worth a try.
    Hope you find some rest soon! ❀


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I do love those night hours, usually. I think it is only the tug of war between the need for sleep, the pain and the meds that is making it a problem at the moment. ❀


  18. macjam47 says:

    Love your poem. Hope you get some rest. ❀️❀️❀️


  19. dgkaye says:

    Sue can you take Melatonin? Hugs ❀


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