H O W A R D   U N I V E R S I T Y

Faces & Voices 5
An Anthology
of Verse and Prose

the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,

E. R. B

Faces & Voices 4


Anticipation & Anxiety
By Tiffany Chanel Norwood

I lay down and wait
Waiting to fall asleep
Waiting in vain
For as I wait
My mind begins to wander and
Anticipation & Anxiety creep in
And engulf me
And I lay there, this night
Like so many others
I think, thoughts random, yet connected.
On this night, like others, I lay sleepless
Thinking, pondering, wondering
Did I make it?
Am I the one?
Did I make the cut?
Anticipation & Anxiety slowly overtake me
And I begin to worry
Worry if I made it
If Iím the one
If I made the cut
And as I think, wonder and worry
I realize that tomorrow
Tomorrow I will know
Tomorrow it will be clear
And tomorrow night will not be a sleepless night
And then,
I think back to this night
This night
Sleepless like many others
This night,
The same, yet different
This nightÖ
I close my eyes and know itís done
For this night, I know
The madness has ended
And after this night
Anticipation & Anxiety will inhabit me
No more.

© 2001 Tiffany Chanel Norwood

© 2001 Howard University.
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse and Prose, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2001. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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