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Sleeping Female

 

I knew this female in high school.

Donít remember her name, it isnít important.

On the weekends she used to take sleeping pills.

She would get home from school and take two sleeping pills.

Sleep till four in the morning.

She would walk to the kitchen.

Light a cigarette.

Get a glass of orange juice.

Take three sleeping pills.

Then she would go upstairs to her room.

Lie in bed smoking.

Staring into space.

Then close her eyes and fall asleep.

She would wake up around noon Saturday.

Walk to the kitchen.

Get a glass of orange juice.

Take four sleeping pills.

Go back to her room.

Lie in bed.

Smoke cigarettes.

Stare into space.

Then close her eyes and fall asleep.

Around 9pm Saturday night she would wake up again.

Go to the kitchen.

Get ham and cheese out of the refrigerator.

Make a ham sandwich.

Get some orange juice.

Take four sleeping pills.

Go to her bedroom.

Eat the ham sandwiches.

And fall asleep.

Around six Sunday morning she would wake up.

Go to the kitchen.

Get a cup of orange juice.

Take five sleeping pills.

Go to her bedroom.

And smoke cigarettes till she went to sleep.

At 3 Sunday afternoon she woke up again.

Would go to the kitchen.

Her family was eating then.

There was pot roast on the kitchen table.

Nobody spoke to each other.

She would sit down and eat a few scraps of meat.

Then she would take six sleeping pills.

Go back to bed.

And smoke cigarettes till she fell asleep.

At four Monday morning she woke up.

Instead of going down stairs.

She would lie in her bed and smoke.

And go to school when the time came.

 

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NOAH CICERO has two books published The Human War and The Condemned. He listens to Jimmy Cliff's The Harder they Come while he cleans his weapons. His mother never loved him.