Sheepish Sleep…

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In
the
wee
small
hours,
on a quest to find sleep
turning this way and that,
even counting surly sheep.
A car alarm sharply sounds
ripping silence from the night
shocking you awake
as sheep scatter in fright.
Suddenly it ceases as if never heard
like a quickly strangled cough
but you’re sure that’s absurd.
Perhaps you’ve gone deaf…
or at last found sleep
or are you still patiently
rounding up your sheep?
LadyP©2013

44 responses to “Sheepish Sleep…

  1. Oh no, were the sheep even surly? Perhaps there was at least one that winked at you as it jumped by? Fun poem!

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    • Oh Yes Kathy, they were, just because I kept them jumping over the fence..🙂 … Mayhap there was one cheeky li’l chap… Glad you enjoyed my ode to sheepy sleep… Have a great weekend. xPenx
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  2. Oh Pen, those Sheep must be in every street bleating away.. You sure it was a car alarm and not the shepherds horn? LOL…
    Lovely little poem Pen, and yes those sleepless hours, I know as we toss and turn, not fun…
    Love to you .. Have a great weekend ~Sue xx

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  3. I certainly can relate to the sleep getting disrupted by sudden sounds. And of course all the sheep scatter with fright from the sound.
    Love and hugs xxx

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    • I feel I should be rounding up the poor sheep Deb, ’tis all my fault for calling them over in the first place… I did finally get to sleep, which was nice…luv n’ hugs …and have a great weekend.. xPenx
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  4. 🙂 I love this one Pen. I have had a few nights like that.

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    • I think we all experience that strange inability to sink into the land of Nod, Beth, and those sheep certainly added to the problem rather than settle me down… I was worried they wouldn’t get home safely…🙂 … hope the suns shining for you this weekend. xPenx
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  5. I get nights like that too hun!😦

    At the moment I’m awake until 3am, then up at 11am.

    I have to take pain killers for my joints or I don’t sleep at all!!!😦

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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    • I wish I could wave a magic wand Sir Prenin, and your joint pain would cease forthwith… We had a power cut last night, just for an hour but it stopped my Electric Air Filter in it’s tracks and I woke up… Sheesh!! … luv n’ hugs my friend. xPenx

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      • Irritating!😦

        I don’t know if we had a power cut here – I was asleep!😉

        Hope you got back to sleep soon – I hate it when I wake in the middle of the night…

        Love and squishy hugs!

        Prenin.

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  6. I can relate! Sleep is often elusive.😛 Have a good weekend, Pen.

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    • trouble is Debbie, when it happens you worry about it, and the more you seek the Arms of Morpheus the more it evades you… I wonder if chocolate would aid sleep? *cough* … have a lovely weekend, and I hope the suns shining… xPenx
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  7. You need, ahem, a dog to walk before bed. (My cure for almost all ills.)

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    • do I Monica? You know quite a few people say the same, but I resist, mainly ‘cos (maybe I’m selfish in this thought) I still haven’t gotten over Bess, and I feel almost as if I’d betray her, sort of thing.. I know that’s probably a stupid way of looking at things, and many would say I’m putting human emotions on a dog, but she wasn’t just that for me… she was a friend and companion, and she helped me over so many dark days…Also, mayhap, I wouldn’t have the right attitude for the replacement doggie, In fact …I’m just plain scared Monica, ‘cos it still hurts like hell… BUT we shall see what the future has in store…
      Your cure sounds a wonderful one my friend, xxxx
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      • Dear Pen, Your attitude is perfectly understandable; when and if the time is right, you will know, and the perfect doggie for you will find you. It does ease the hurt so, though.

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        • thank you Monica, for understanding… you know, your photo of Beau on your Earth Day blog, made me smile so much, looking so beautifully elegant, with such an expressive face… xx.

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          • Oh, dear Pen, that is my Sneffie. He does look so much like Beau – in fact, that is a special wonder and mystery to me, that my two rescue collies look, and in many ways act, so much like the two I lost. When the miracle woman who runs Collie Rescue was describing them to me over the phone, I almost didn’t need a description. I knew what they looked like, what they weighed, etc. But of course they are very much their own special selves.

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  8. Today was the first really warm day we’ve had for months; it seems to be making everyone sluggish and sleepy after seeking the sun for the entire day. No one in Montreal will have trouble sleeping tonight. On the other hand, in England, it must still be cold. Good luck with the joints….

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    • Ah John, we have steadily rising temperatures, pretty soon we’ll forget how we felt so cold and start moaning about the inability to sleep as it’s so, so hot at night..😉 … ’tis ever the way… Hope you had a peaceful nights sleep ym friend. x
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  9. Hallo liebe Pen wünsche dir einen wunderschönen Samstag,hier in Köln scheint die Sonne ich packe gerade Streuselkuchen.Ja liebe Pen ´mit den Schlafen habe ich auch probleme da nützt es auch nicht wenn ich Schafe zähle,ich stehe ;dann nachts auf und schreibe Gedichte oder bin am P.C.,danach schlafe ich gut.Wünsche dir ein sonniges schönes Wochenende,und grüße dich ganz Herzlich von mir.Gislinde

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    • I sometimes do that too Gislinde, if sheep won’t come to my aid and sleep is beyond my reach, it’s a perfect time to seek the Laptop and write… We have the sun shining down on us too my friend. have a lovely weekend… xPenx
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  10. I knew that feeling. When I have nights like that, I want to cry and bang my head especially when I have to work 4 hours later or less. Awesome poetry my friend. So how many sheeps jumped over the moon during this particular night? Have a fun weekend my friend.

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    • ’tis so true Traveller, the worry of never getting to sleep, thinking on the next day and all that needs your attention, adds to the tension and doesn’t help in your quest for the land of dreams… I lost count my friend, totally, and they wouldn’t do as they were told, some kept jumping twice ….Sigh!! 😉
      A fun weekend wish to you and yours … xPenx
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  11. I’ve had a few of those this week Pen yawn!! But today is sunny hope it’s set to continue and where you are to. What a lovely little peom .
    Hugs Sheila xx

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  12. je peux comprendre que le bruit du klaxon de la voiture ai pu faire fuir les moutons, en tout cas moi j’aurais surement été hargneux aussi de me faire déranger dans mon sommeil…! hihihihi
    very good to listen to you in your writing, i like it miss Pen
    kisses and good night to you with many many dreams

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  13. So annoying, Pen – hope you were able to round them up and get them home again.

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  14. I’am sorry to about sheepish sleep that is never understand in my life.
    Have a nice day xPenx
    Michiko

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    • I hope you never feel the need to count sheep, Michiko San… Hope you have a wonderful Sunday… (I never know where we both are, time-wise.. Here we’re 11.12 am in the morning…) hugs my friend. xxx
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  15. I never bother with the sheep and instead visualise semi naked goth girls jumping over fences, hmm now I know why I cannot get to sleep😉 lmao Okay time to add this one before you get too naughty🙂

    Andro xxxx

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    • Tsk, oh Dark One, you see?…that’s where you’re going wrong, fluffy innocent woolly sheep as apposed to… what you said, well, stands to sense, they’re not gonna be sleep inducing now are they?… The sheep I mean…😉 Have a good one my friend … DAY!!! xx
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  16. Ah, this poem rings much too true for me! Such a common occurrence in my every day night life – it’s always such a struggle to sleep! Even endlessly counting sheep does nothing for my weary soul!

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    • I find that sheep don’t help at all Andini, they have minds of their own and only complicate matters. … If I could, I would wish you dream-free restful sleep my friend… hugs xx
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  17. Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples

    Patiently rounding my sheep…too much on my mind at times, so much to do, so little time.🙂
    Good to see you back writing again Lady P…I would have loved it if you passed by and left a message in my guest book to let me know you’re back.
    I’ll be back again tomorrow.
    Much Love.😉

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    • Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples

      that’s ’rounding up’ and….’I would have loved if, if you had passed by…’ well you know what I mean…lol!😉

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    • HI there Phil, good to hear from you, … I’ve only been back since mid February testing the waters, so to speak, to see if I could continue with my poems, … A lot has changed in the past year or so, busy with all sorts, work and play… as you can imagine… Hope you and yours are well… xPenx
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  18. Hehehe! This one has tickled me, Lady Pen! I used to try counting sheep when I couldn’t drift off, but it used to keep me awake as I was always looking for any stray sheep that were hiding in the field!

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    • good to know I’m not the only one, Sir Aquatom, and apologies for the late reply… I’m lackadaisical, (terrible typist that I am, took me ages to type and of course get it wrong!!) … Sheep-ses are a terrible responsibility…🙂 xx

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