Sleepless in Worthing

Sleepless in Worthing!

I’m cranky and bad-tempered, as I cannot get to sleep,
nothing seems to help me especially counting sheep.
I think I’ve counted a thousand or may be even more,
I’ve even tried to name them but it’s now become a bore!

A luxuriating wallow in a sumptuous bubble bath,
It should have made me drowsy but instead it made me laugh.
The malted chocolate nightcap just kept me wide-awake,
It gave me indigestion, but it may have been the cake.

No mobile phone or tablet or texting all my friends,
has made no ‘bloomin’ difference, I’m reaching my wits end.
I’ve tried the soppy novels and steered away from crime,
but still I’m feeling perky and conscious all the time.

The bathroom trips are numerous; each one becomes a trek,
so early in the morning, I look a perfect wreck.
I’ve even tried the telly and watched a fishing show,
well versed in catching marlin and turbot from deep below.

I’ve written several ditties and had a stab at prose,
but will I ever get to sleep? Well goodness only knows!
Then there are my felines, who visit me at four,
sitting on my tired old bonce and nudging with their paw.

Then drifting into slumber I’m awoken by the birds,
squawking seagulls overhead the whole thing’s quite absurd.
I’ve listened to the whale songs and hummed in harmony
no evidence of sleepy eyes or drifting off for me!

So if you’re fidgety and restless and need a tête-à-tête,
call ‘wide-awake’ in Worthing, your sleepless virtual mate.
We could even have a cuppa and put the world to right,
there could be many friendships from a single sleepless night!

Teresa Harrison-Best

 

© August 2020

About the author

Teresa H-B
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Happily married with three grown up children. Proud grandmother to six and enjoying every minute. I had my first book published several years ago called Catawall, fluent in feline. Recently I had a children's book published, Mackerel and the Jolly Daisy, scourge of the high seas, published by i2i Publishing, I am a prolific writer about many things and often post on both my own FB page and the FB page for Catawall. I am a great advocate for animals and anyone less fortunate than myself.

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CatherineSusan
6th Sep 2020
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This made me smile - but I have to say at 3.00 am sleeplessness isn't funny! Thanks for sharing.
Moleman
5th Sep 2020
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Great observation!
I'm sometimes like that so can relate.
Nicely written, well done.
NM
JacquelineL18
1st Sep 2020
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Loved your poem, Teresa
Kes
30th Aug 2020
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Sorry you are struggling with slumber Teresa, but it’s prompted an excellent poem.
Mags38
30th Aug 2020
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Made me smile! Having just spent a virtually sleepless night this poem rang so true to me. Why is it that the ol’ brain doesn’t seem to want to switch off when it’s bedtime? Yet during the day you can nod off so easily. I’ve got several friends who are exactly the same. Perhaps I’d better take up poetry!!!
SallyC36
30th Aug 2020
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Oh yes! How I can empathise. Luxuriating in a warm bath before bed, as advocated by the ‘professionals’ is the death nell to sleep and the green light for my brain to go into overdrive.
The specs v facemark resonates too Specs are on & off like a yoyo I find lodging them over the top of the mask helps, briefly. How in earth spec wearers in the NhS cope I do not know.
Love the poems btw
Poppie
30th Aug 2020
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The same applies here. Shattered in Pevensey! Why are you sleepy on the sofa, and, when you get into bed, the light bulb in the brain switches on, then a little voice says "OK, what are we going to worry about tonight? There must be something and you're not going to sleep till you've found it." Loved the poem. Here's to better, more restful nights.
DebbieF12
30th Aug 2020
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I could have written your comment. It’s very frustrating isn’t it?!
JanetH72
30th Aug 2020
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Explained it to a 'T'!! Instead of counting sheep, I recite the alphabet - many times!!! Now trying the 'stay up very late' technique!!!
Dotnbob1988
30th Aug 2020
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Amazing how you can go to bed so sleepy then lie awake for hours! Had sleep issues for years. Loved the poem. Nice to be able to laugh about it! Best thing is that we still keep waking up in the morning
carolparkhurst
30th Aug 2020
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Just had another of those nights so your poem was spot on!
Thank you for making me smile and feel ready to face the day.
wallers2
30th Aug 2020
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Brilliant. I loved it. I know the feeling.
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Excellent poem Teresa 🙂 It National Dog Day tomorrow so I am sharing one of your poems on Facebook tomorrow that you wrote some time ago 🙂

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