A good ally is someone who knows
the secrets of a heart.
Knows to listen, knows to speak
and knows to hold your hand.

My insomnia is an ally sometimes
and a betraying friend at other times.

When I am with you, we stay up all night
and welcome the dawn.
But when I am alone and you are not here,
I can’t sleep all night, and the dawn mocks me.

Praise God for these two insomnias
and the difference between them. ©


The dahlias this year are growing wild in the garden. Pretty, no?


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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22 Responses to Insomnias

  1. mrswrangler says:

    Those are beautiful.

  2. Ah insomnia. She still visits me several times a week despite the quarantine.

    The flower is beautiful.

  3. Wild dahlias?! Wow!

    This poem is just lovely! Indeed, you’re right: there are two insomnias.

    Thanks for coming by my blog! I am excited to see always, especially knowing it means you have been online long enough to share a lovely poem!

    I found a beautiful card you sent me years ago perhaps during the xanga days and want to send some mail again eventually. Something special about snail mail. Is your address still the same?

    • Zakiah says:

      I cannot believe you still have a card I sent you years ago. Thank you. You made me smile.
      These purple dahlias are new to my garden. I am loving them.
      Glad you liked the poem. And yes my address has been the same for the last Forty two years ! Send me your address and I will send you a card that I have painted.

  4. Powerful opposites beautifully evoked

  5. This Dahlia is a flower of art .
    I like your poem , Zakiah . For me Insomnia is rather a betraying friend.

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Michel,
      I hope you are feeling better every day. Thank you for coming over to comment Michel. Insomnia is indeed a betraying friend. No doubt.
      Love and best wishes.

  6. michnavs says:

    I love at how you embraced insomia in a beautiful way…contrary to what most people say. You how ever have found a way to appreciate and navigate your way through that..and this poem is a reflection of that positive attitude

  7. I love your poem on insomnia. And I like how you describe its two sides.
    Sounds like you have a great attitude in how you approach it.
    When you can’t sleep, can you write or paint or something else creative? Just wondering.
    I used to have insomnia off and on…but, these days, interestingly, not much at all.
    Oh, the dahlias are gorgeous!!! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  8. Zakiah says:

    Carolyn, I appreciate your comment. I DO write and read when I cannot sleep. Painting is a different bird. My studio is downstairs, and I get too involved with it to even consider sleeping after that. At least when I read and write, my eyelids become heavy and I can sigh and hope the softness of the pillows would make me sleep. I love my pillows. heh heh.
    You should see the gladiolus! Those coming up soon on WP.

  9. Rupali says:

    Very artistic Dahlia.
    I never knew insomnia was so beautiful 🙂
    I do hope you get a good night sleep.

    • Zakiah says:

      Insomnia is a way of life anymore Rupali. The problem started when I was working, and would get calls from the floors in the hospital or the Emergency Room, and most of my night was gone. That was expected, and I handled it well. The fact that even now, years after I have retired, the pattern of waking up continues, is somewhat bewildering.
      I whine a lot about it, but to tell you the truth, I love to do some extra reading and writing at that time. And all is not lost!
      Glad you like the dahlia.

      • Rupali says:

        You know better than me but I hope you get enough rest every day.
        I have been told to read a book in case of disturbed sleep. The problem is if the book is very interesting 🙂
        Take care.

  10. A favorite poem of mine so far. Love it
    Yes, the Dahlia is beautiful.

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