I was asked by Fandango to write one verse made up of four lines of a continuing rhyming poem that appears to have either an AABB rhyming scheme or an ABCB one. Rory calls this writing exercise Not Just My Verse, Your Two Two Too!
Rory is always starting these things
Why do you evade me so? It makes for no sense,
In truth, to do so unkindly and unwarranted, is nonsense!
I have tried counting all sorts, from stars to wide eyed sheep!
Yet still you, yes you decline me shut eye and valuable sleep!
Tossing and turning pulling blankets near,
What is that noise that I hear?
It is not the sandman come for me,
Why won’t you let me sleep dear?
Countless late night biscuits and black coffee,
Walking around like a spaced out zombie,
Listening to Cohen and Floyd on endless loop,
Convincing myself that no sleep is common in my age group.
I toss and I turn
Oh when will I learn
That sleep is at bay
On an Away Day
The stars are so bright at this time of night,
I look forward to slumbering deep,
As I close my tired eyes, what a surprise,
The brain wakes and I can’t get to sleep!
The shadows creep along the wall
like predators waiting for me to fall.
My pillow–my shield; flashlight–my sword,
The most dangerous thing is a mind that’s bored.
Fandango took a turn
Wide awake, I turn and look at my clock to see
That it’s three a.m. and I have to get up to pee
Back in bed I close my eyes, then check my clock once more.
Oh my God, it’s not even four!
How do you sleep
What secrets do you keep
If I get home before daylight
I just might get some sleep tonight
I have to select someone who is a good sport to write the next 4-line verse to this continuing sleep poem and I choose Gabriela M of Short Prose – short prose, fiction, poetry to write the next installment. I hope that she is not to busy, so take it away Gabriela.