Sleep Regression

I have heard the term
in reference to our current
situation wherein the hours
that used to be filled

with silent sleep now
a torrent of fitful squalls
asking for more of what
might return her to a state

of perfect being whatever
that might be would that we
regress to a sleep as earth
in stillness welcomed

a pair of sojourners
at the point of desperation
the child laid in a trough
where beasts would feed

after such travail with ox
and asses baying even they
now sleeping could there be
at last some rest?

No says the child as starts
some inexplicable unsolicited
drumming in the background
here is a shout or three

just when you thought
there could be some sleep
this creature is there
barely within reach

to remind you only of what
makes us human after all