Between the deepening snores Of my neighbor next door And the woman across from me ‘s Pain,
Emergency bells, calls out in the night Bed pans that need to be changed.
Those delicate creatures who sleep through the day Crash their way into the night One-eyed, one-legged pirate vampires Ready to put up a fight.
IV pumps, blood pressure monitors Dilation machines lay rhythm down Cries from behind pulled curtains churn the ocean of stories, the underbelly of sound,
It’s morning again The neighbor who snored Complained that she couldn’t sleep Another one is sobbing She wants to go home and won’t eat.
Then in a flash it is quiet Order temporarily restored Evening song in a hospital ward Promises not to leave the listener bored.