On sleeping well…

Of the hundreds, maybe

thousands, of suggestions

about how to get to sleep

it is obvious that when

one is tired and contented

sleep is very welcomed,

but when either or both

are lacking or too much

present sleep is difficult

to come by – too tired

and restlessness prevails,

too contented and sheer

excitement wins out;

therefore it is essential

to avoid excess in either

at all costs in order to

get to sleep – be sufficiently

fatigued to enjoy rest

and refuse melancholy

to the extent that one

is gratified with what

one has instead of anxious

for what one doesn’t

and maybe never will

have. With this balance,

held in delicate tension,

one will get to sleep, well.