Jon Turner – Somniatic

I haven’t slept in 3 days

I am tired

Closing my eyes
does nothing for me

It gives me fear

Fear gives me rage

Rage makes my mind race

My racing mind
keeps me awake

Staying awake
drains my body

My drained body
still produces energy

My energy makes me pace

Pacing tires my legs

My tired legs make me sit

Sitting makes my back sore

My sore back
makes me lay down

Lying down makes me tired

Being tired helps
me close my eyes

Closing my eyes
does nothing for me


JON TURNER is an Iraq veteran that has taken up art and writing as a method of healing. He and his partner Catherine are the Artistic Directors of the Green Door studio. Recently Jon led a workshop at the University of Iowa.

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