19 Jun 2014


You stir, wake, cry out loud
With practised calm I hurry 
To pick, pat, carry and
Cradle you back to sleep.

Head touches the pillow
Not a moment has lapsed
Eyes flutter open
The screaming restarts.

Too hot, too cold, 
Tired, not quite right
Reason enough to wake 
And cry through the night.

Again and again
Always something askew
Nothing seems to settle
Sleep eludes me and you.

Night after long dark night
My patience wearing thin
I feel my strength sapping
Sanity frayed, anger within.

Oh, precious Sleep! How I covet 
Your welcoming embrace!
Peaceful, undisturbed, serene
Before the impending light of day.

Prose for Thought
The Reading Residence


  1. I feel your pain! My youngest (nearly 16mo) is finally getting better at night but when he's awake it's for hours at a time! Sleep is one of my favourite things. Hope you get some sleep soon. x #prose4T

  2. oh that brought back memories! Remember thinking those sleepless nights were never going to end...now of course I can't get them out of bed! Hope the nights become easier soon. Great poem x

  3. Oh gosh, what a wonderful poem that sums up the agony and despair of night after night of broken sleep. I hope it gets better soon.

  4. Oh I know the feeling, it is only now the twins are 2 that they are sleeping better x #WotW

  5. Oh yes, I can definitely relate! Here's hoping we all get a good night's sleep soon! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  6. Ohh dear...I can relate too....Hope you get some sleep soon x

  7. I don't miss the sleepless nights!

  8. Sleep is a luxury for me lately too. I wish my sleeping muse will show herself to me. Your poem is as always nice to read. Thanks for sharing =) #wotw

  9. oh i remember those nights well. it gets easier i promise you x #WotW

  10. I feel your pain! Sleep really IS precious, and more so when you can't get any!! x x x

  11. Oh, nothing worse than broken sleep, I hope it gets better soon x


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