Aritficial nightlight

often, I like to sleep with the light on

without the hassle of putting on slippers

in the dark

but it’s too much sometimes

the onslaught of artificial nightlight

against my eyes

sometimes it’s the light from the television

I forgot to swtich off

dozing off while

watching unusually cheerful women

recounting the benefits of sanitary pads,

deodorants and body sprays

i can see the sadness in their eyes

so apparent even, in the static halo

of the idiot box

fidgeting before the green screen

submitting to capitalist godmen

I switch off the TV

and look at the noisy filament

of the artificial nightlight.


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