Toss and Turns

It was so hard for me to sleep.

If the Creator had not created in us the ability to fall asleep, the world would have been filled with sleep junkies: Men and women and girls and boys who are permanently high on the severe dose of sleep deprivation and yet they cannot sleep.

That is torture. I guess that must have been what insomniacs experience every night. The inability to conjure sleep can be due to several reasons, I learnt. But none of them is in my system.

Neither do I drink wine nor gin; mineral water nor soda water; Umqombothi nor Sapele water.

Mercy found me. I do not need any substance to lull me into a deep sleep. Are there other underlying reasons why I could not find my sleep?

Maybe. Anyway, I am not in the mood to explore those reasons. But, pray, why couldn’t I find my beauty sleep? I did not understand why.

I tossed.

I turned.

I tossed.

I turned.

I sought that elusive perfect spot on my sheets. My bed creaked under my little weight because of the anger with which I tossed and turned. My spouse was quite oblivious to my plight.

She was fast asleep.

Envy enveloped me. I wished it was the runaway sleep that had found me.

My mind was racing. My brain was in a marathon. It was really hard to find the elusive sleep. Gosh! What have I done? Have I sinned? What was happening?

Oh, God, please I need my beauty sleep.

I need my beauty sleep.

I need my beauty sleep.

My mind screamed persistently.

I lay me down and sleep and awake because the Lord sustained me.

I whispered a verse in Psalm 3. My mind was focused on the verse and I must have repeated it a million times before I slipped away.

My spouse stroked my cheek gently until I was awake. She reminded me about the Poetry Marathon.

Oh, I smiled easily as the flood gate opened.

I have been consumed by the thoughts, the preparation and the expectations of participating in my first Poetry Marathon.

Hmmm, so this is why it was so so hard for me to sleep?


Me in a Nutshell

  • http://www.financialtechnologyafrica.comRarzack Olaegbe is my name. I am a journalist with over two decades of journalism practice.

    I have been privileged to report different beats including politics, health, society and entertainment, information technology, telecoms and financial technology for magazines and newspapers including Business in ECOWAS magazine, Classique magazine, Daily Times, TheNews, PM News among others.

    I am a columnist with The Nation newspaper, National Economy, Front, Brandish journal published in Vanguard newspaper. I contribute regularly to Media Watch, a radio programme of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

    As the Managing Editor of Financial technology magazine and, an online fintech publication, my work is managing and curating content on a regular basis and also ensuring the quality and fidelity of announcements.

    Besides my journalism practice, it is an honour to be involved with niche events like the Lagos Fintech Week, Financial Inclusion Conference and Awards, TEDxIkeja, Demo Africa etc. Well, that is me in a nutshell.
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