this is no fiction
for good or ill
bose headphones
have become a go-to
sleeping pill

no more melatonin
wrap the ears with cushy 
foam and like childhood’s
Wonderland or Grimm
the new yorker fiction pod
makes the world go away

love like lightning
affairs blazing/burning out
houses with rooms painted white
…and dreamland appears
alice munro raymond carver
murakami david foster wallace
eudora welty
whistle into both ears
a loaded shot gun of stories 
that kills insomnia