How can you Sleep?

How can you Sleep?

A Poem by Abdul Batin Osman Bey

I wrote this a while back, inspired by John Lennon’s: How can you sleep? And like him I dedicate this to my own Paul McCartney


How can you sleep?

Among your piles of stolen objects

How can you sleep?

Knowing you have no dreams of your own

How can you sleep?

Fooling no one who has talent

How can you sleep?

Pretending you’re not a waste of time


You took one decent photo when you were ten

Now you’re acting like it meant something

You claim you have an ear for music

Yet two notes you can barely lick


You can’t tell if you’re up or down

Claiming to be a genius when you’re just a clown

Hedonism got you messed in the head

Its no wonder you were lame in bed


You’re always out to impress

A main street hooker is better dressed

You try so hard to cover your insecurities and doubts

Open your mouth only s**t falls out


I can’t wait until you’re finally dead

No one will be crying on your coffin lid

This is so long, farewell

Five years with you was a living hell

© 2012 Abdul Batin Osman Bey

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Stinging write . How can you sleep among your piles of stolen objects...

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Abdul Batin Osman Bey

7 Years Ago

thank you
Another fantastic piece of prose. I'm always so impressed when I read your work.

Posted 7 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Abdul Batin Osman Bey

7 Years Ago

Thank you very much you're too kind
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Haha yes the spirit of Lennon is certainly at work here though I heard him say later that he was merely poking fun at Paul and not hating on him...of course Lennon's idea of "poking fun" is much more intense than the average person's idea of it...I've also read that Paul's response was "On a big bed of money" which is equally sarcastic, and judging by what you've written here, I get the impression that you might get a similar answer in return, but obviously I don't know the "whole story" beyond this poem so it may just be a personal interpretation, based on my own experience with a similar person I went to school with.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Abdul Batin Osman Bey

7 Years Ago

It's very much in fun.

7 Years Ago

Ah I see...I like it either way though, as it can be interpreted on various levels of displeasure.

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Added on November 8, 2012
Last Updated on November 8, 2012
Tags: sleep.John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Stolen objects, dreams, talent, waste, time, photo, music, lick, clown, hedonism, head, bed, impress, doubts, dead, coffin lid, farewell, hell


Abdul Batin Osman Bey
Abdul Batin Osman Bey

Cambridge, MA

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