Trying to Write Poetry at 2 A.M.

My mind's as blank as the empty page before me
Quiet clumsy ticking of a cheap red Chinese plastic bedside clock
The incessant sibilant ringing in my ears
Scuttle of a stealthy mouse
Soft snores of the dog sleeping beside me
Give up
Go to sleep yourself
If only I didn't have such stupid boring dreams

— J. Jeffrey Bragg (24 February 2012)