Late last night, lying in bed,
cramp laid siege to my lower limbs.
I crawled out of that bed and stretched,
left leg, right leg, in the bathroom.
Aching still, the fear of more cramp
to come weighed heavy on my mind.
I didn’t want to wake my wife
with panic and alarums, so I slept
in the spare bed in the other room.
A great round moon sailed its pale-
faced boat on a sea of silent clouds.
I lay on the life raft of my bed
and prayed for cramp to stay away
and for the mattress to keep me afloat.