American poet Robert Frost wrote ‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening’ after he pulled an all-nighter writing another particularly long poem. When he finally realised it was morning, he stepped out to see the sunset and was inspired to write the poem. It’s about a lone traveller in the woods, who stops to admire snow falling, but then has to get back on his horse and finish his journey.
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost
In our crazy lives today, we look longing at our beds, as if they were the most wonderful mirage. But then, we’ve got work assignments, studies, things to browse on social media and of course an endless supply of movies and TV shows to watch, instead of ‘wasting’ our time getting a good eight hours of sleep.
And so, here’s a rewrite of Frost’s famous poem to reflect the sleep deprivation that’s become so prominent in our lives:
Whose dark circles these are I think I know.
I can always use some concealer though;
The zzzzs are coming, but I will not stop here
I’ve got 10 more slides of this work presentation to go.
My naïve parents must think it queer
Why I always keep my smartphone near
Between YouTube and Instagram, I’m up so late
The deprivation is self-inflicted; there’s no insomnia here.
I want to give my phone addiction a break
But I always end up making the same mistake.
I fall for the ‘Just 5 mins and then I’ll sleep’
Now it’s 5 am, and I’m wide-fucking-awake.
The bed is lovely, inviting and deep,
But I have texting promises to keep,
And things to browse before I sleep,
And shows to watch before I sleep.
Artwork: Dhawal Bhanushali / Mashable India