More than a year ago
the cardiologist suggested I sleep
on my right side —
less fibrillation, more sleep.
I didn’t do it, of course.
I kept rolling over
to what was familiar to me.

This year the physical therapist
said exactly the same thing —
referencing my left hip,
but he smiled and added —
the only way you will do this
is to sleep on the other side
of the bed
because no one likes to breathe
someone else’s breath.

So, I bid fond farewell
to my night table, lamp, clock-view,
architecture of the pillows,
and made up a basket
with mystery novel, magazines,
journal, reading glasses,
two half-finished baby quilts,
and started sleeping
on the right side of the bed.

My hip is better, the door is closer,
if I have insomnia,
my heart beats are more regular,
but it’s not yet complete success.

I’m dreaming strangely,

mostly about how very different
it would all be
if those in leadership
would make the effort
to sleep on the other side of the bed.

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15 Responses to Perspective

  1. Randy Hammer says:

    Amen! Thank you!

  2. Muftiah Martin says:

    Lovely dream. May we we all practice sleeping on the other side of the bed!

  3. wow so poignant and effective -poetry at best. We could all learn at thing or two from sleeping on the other side of the bed. Which is not easy to retrain sleeping habits. SO needed 🙂

  4. Took this option several years ago and life goes on. 😉

  5. Now you’ve got me wondering if I should try the other side of the bed… Fortunately, there’s a bedside table there, too.

  6. Dee says:

    I would love to use this on Sunday, Maren. Would that be okay with you? I am doing a series on pain and suffering…but different kinds of pain….

  7. Bonnie Bollwinkel says:

    Oh how I love this!💜

    Sent from my iPhone


  8. So true! Indeed, some people need to try sleeping “on the other side of the bef.”

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