The First Night

The first night,
in any new place
is always the hardest.
You’ve got to get used to the new mattress,
or couch,
or floor
you’re sleeping on.
Getting used to the sounds
of the building.
The nightlife (or lack thereof)
happening outside your walls.
The attitudes of the people
you’re sharing those walls with.
The air, the smells…

On any given night,
I need distractions
to fall asleep:
a tv show, the radio,
a wine bottle,
and a book.
Anything at all.

Even writing you this poem
will do.



About the Poet:
Mark Martyre is a Canadian writer and musician. His prolific songwriting has produced 4 full-length studio albums since 2012: Down, Record (2012), London (2013), Red Letters (2014), and Bluebird (2016), as well as several live records, and bootlegs. His music has garnered critical acclaim and attention both nationally and internationally, and in 2016 he published a collection of his lyrics. For more information visit


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