Neither silence nor solitude is free,
rather like precious gems they are
highly rarefied and, addictive like drugs.
Beware of loving them, for once
you have fallen in love with them there is
no coming back for the rest of your life.
Each night for the past thirteen years
I have bought them in exchange for my sleep
and, had I slept, the dreams that would have come.
Along the way my sanity has been
bruised, battered and blasted with crystal sand.
Each night my urge has been growing stronger
and my need for them has been rising too.
Beware, once you have tasted the nectar
of unearthly silence and solitude
that benumbs the world, you are bound to fall in love.