My Poetry

Without sleep

It’s four in the morning and I’m still not asleep,
The aching’s too much, from my neck to my feet.
Resenting all the hours that I lay here in bed,
I could change the world with the time I have spent.

It’s five in the morning and I’m begging for rest,
My head is now full with the worry and the stress.
How can I work when I haven’t even slept?
My eyes are like pin holes, [in fact] my whole appearance unkempt.

It’s six in the morning and I’m starting to cry,
I shouldn’t have googled ‘without sleep, when will I die?‘.
And when I’m out of worries and my heavy eyes close,
I’ll sleep for two minutes and off my f*cking alarm goes!


  1. Hang in there.

  2. Ouch! I thought I’d a ‘carp’ night, but it wasn’t as bad as that. I recommend Zooniverse if you’re going to be up and screen-gazing anyway! It’s a great way to kill a bit of time relatively mindlessly and take your mind off whatever’s on it for a bit. Works for me in the middle of the night … sometimes. 🙂 (And while you’re at it you’re helping with research projects, which can’t be bad, right?)

    • Thanks for the tip, surprised I’ve not heard of that before, taking a look now. On the plus side, I seem to be able to write better poetry whilst the world is asleep! Haha.

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Joel Nelson

Joel Nelson

Joel has lived with numerous forms of arthritis most of his life, with the onset when he was just 11 years old. In 2019, Joel created his blog, JoelvsArthritis to share his experiences, raise awareness and to be an advocate for those with arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. In his short writing career, Joel has written for a number of leading autoimmune and disability charities and is a community advocate and writer for Read his arthritis story here:

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