Lack of Sleep and an Accidental Poem

After rising at 4.40 am yesterday I expected to sleep well last night. I didn’t.

First waking at 3am I was up again at 4.30, 5.30 and 7.30. Good bit of planning there – I missed 6.30 and slept through the alarm.

You’d have thought that after 60 years I’d have got the hang of sleeping, but it appears not.

As part of my cruise through poetry I now know that if I add a haiku to this post (and grandiloquently call the post an essay) it becomes a Japanese-style poem called a haibun.

Following on from yesterday’s condensed sonnet I’m going to condense another well known poem into haiku form. I originally tried to condense Daffodils, but it kept trying to turn itself into a Limerick. This one worked better. If I acknowledge a debt to John Keats it will reveal the base poem, even if the first line doesn’t.

mist and fruitfulness

poppies and the cider press

swallows gathering

It even falls into 5-7-5 format, even though I wasn’t aiming for it.


15 thoughts on “Lack of Sleep and an Accidental Poem

  1. Lavinia Ross

    Excellent poem, and sorry to hear about the lack of sleep, Quercus. Valerian root works for some people. For me, it’s a good day of going out and digging trenches. πŸ™‚

  2. Laurie Graves

    Really, really lovely! However, for some reason, the words aren’t all together. (It was the same with the other poem you shared.) Most of the words are to the left, but two fragments—pop- and swal- are to the far right. and they have hyphens. The poem is still readable but must be pieced together.


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