courting sleep, sheepless
nothing to count down but breath
from 20 to dreams
***actually, with the way my sleep pattern works, I have to count back from about 200, but too many syllables 😉
Loved the sheepless sleep— Cheers to you!
insomnia is dreadful….I read til my eyes blur, then have to repeat a simple mantra (in with the good, out with the bad) for a bit, listening, as you said, to your breathing…
awww–I am starting to think writing=insomnia.
Thank you insomnia, for allowing Susan more time to create beautiful poetry!
David–thanks much! I have learned to love my lack of sleep, for the words it can spawn…but another hour or two of rest would be great 😉
I just lose my mind (no surprise there) in story ideas.
Hee hee–if I start thinking about poetry, there can be no sleep for me…
I have tried that counting sheep but for me it doesn’t work. A nice cup of herbs tea does it for me. Have to try counting my breath …
Wonderful composed haiku Susan.
oh, thank you! I had fun with this one.
Sometimes it gets on us. The initial difficulty to stabilize oneself to initiate sleep can be so trying! Nicely Susan!
Thanks much, Hank! The problem I have is as the mind unwinds–I get writing ideas, which is frustrating 😉 but fun, too.
insomnia friend or foe? Sleep, sheepless… nice
thanks! I loved that word play….
Sheepless sleep…Great !! Love how you used the prompt!
Thanks, Barbara–I really had fun making up my own word…
There just aren’t enough people in the world who use the word “sheepless”. It is now firmly entrenched in my vocabulary. Sleep is overrated! Gets in the way of stuff.
Oh, it does get in the way of so many things. Sometimes I wish we were like dolphins or birds, who can send one side of their brains to sleep at a time, and still function. Actually would explain the behavior of a lot of people if we could say of them half their brains were sleeping.
I didn’t know dolphins or birds could do that, but I envy them. I think sleeplessness explains most of human behaviour actually. Mostly the bad stuff.
Think you are right. I certainly get cranky if I don’t sleep enough…
I like the countdown from 20 (or whatever it takes) to dreams,,,floating away,,,maybe,,,
Thank you, Elle.
Lovely take on the prompt!….Beautiful one on Insomnia..
Oh, thank you! I really enjoyed the typo that spawned sheepless 😉
did not work for me drat it nice write, I will see if it works tonight
oh, I hope it does. The counting breaths thing works for me once in a while.
sometimes the counting works for me as well…nicely done, Susan..
🙂 thanks much!
Counting sheep used to help me get to sleep when I was a kid, but not anymore 😦
🙂 yes–now I have to count breaths.
Counting sheeps or whatever doesn’t work for me ~ I just fall asleep..he..he…Good one Susan ~
Thanks, Grace–had fun!
courting sleep, sheepless. Nice one.
The sheepless was actually one of those typos that is a gift from the muse 😉
Ah, does counting sleep ever work? Not for me. Reading is my best bet. Insomnia is the worst, isn’t it? How many poets have written a piece about it? Scores, I bet.
Hee hee, Patti–I think insomnia comes with the writing process, at least once in a while, for all of us.
Another excellent haiku, Susan, and I laughed at your humorous remark about the 200 sheep.
Words play really smart in the first line .
Dulcina–thanks! I have to credit my fingertips/chi/muse for a typo for that word play–I typed it instead of sleepless, and said—WOW, subconscious, you are really, really clever sometimes 😉
The subconscious never sleeps – and perhaps as writers we are too close to our subconscious so we stay awake listening to it babble through the night 😉
I think you may be right ;
Haiku, schmaiku! Sometimes you need those extra syllables! 🙂
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