Ah. . . Perchance to Sleep

This star lit night my lovely dear,
we lie entwined, our lips so near.
Our spirits joined in dreams to soar
until you break the spell to snore.

You grunt and groan and sputter snort.
I toss, I turn, till last resort
my patience worn from all that sound,
my need for sleep is so profound,

I trippingly flee our marriage bed
collapse undone, on couch instead.
And when the sky is lit with dawn
to your side, again I’m drawn.

Alarm rings loud, you wake refreshed
our bodies once again enmeshed.
While you leap up to greet the day,
I’m just ready to hit the hay.

Originally written in early 2019, tweaked for Open Link Night LIVE at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.

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A little humor is good for the soul! Also shared on NAPOWRIMO Day 14, off prompt today.

19 thoughts on “Ah. . . Perchance to Sleep

    • lillian April 14, 2022 / 5:08 pm

      Yep….the snorer is always well rested! 🙂


  1. hedgewitch April 14, 2022 / 4:05 pm

    This reminds me a bit of Dorothy Parker, very dry and witty. I agree, we need some humor to leaven the dough of tragedies and daily disasters that make up our current bread.

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    • lillian April 14, 2022 / 5:09 pm

      What a wonderful compliment to be compared, even a tiny bit, to Dorothy Parker! THANK YOU!


  2. Gillena Cox April 14, 2022 / 5:16 pm

    😊 nice one



  3. Glenn A. Buttkus April 14, 2022 / 5:55 pm

    I hear echoes of Shel Silverstein here; the humor is welcome, but those of us who have a spouse that snores understands your plight and your loving pluck.


  4. sanaarizvi April 14, 2022 / 5:56 pm

    This is gorgeous, gorgeous writing, Lillian 😀 I so enjoyed hearing you read this tonight! ❤️❤️


  5. rothpoetry April 14, 2022 / 9:33 pm

    I love it! I know what you mean about snoring! It can separate the best of couples!


  6. Jim April 14, 2022 / 10:05 pm

    Clever, Lily, very clever. I like, I don’t think I’ve ever read a poem about snoring? In 2007 I did write an article in my other regular, meme, blog about my dog snoring.
    “Oh yes, Adi wasted that hour too, she was still snoring away (in her bed beside our bed) until I woke up.”
    And in 2007 I wrote a Polar Bear love poem,
    “…I dreamt of you
    alone in your cave
    That lovely snore
    I’d pass now and then …”


  7. Brendan April 15, 2022 / 5:58 am

    As the buzzsaw offender, I got the couch downstairs. Love is such a tender battlefield. Archly and delightfully put!


  8. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES April 15, 2022 / 9:31 am

    A fun writing romp. Next time he can sleep on the couch!


  9. Mish April 15, 2022 / 4:15 pm

    Adorable poem. Love is unconditional.


  10. paeansunplugged April 16, 2022 / 1:53 pm

    Lillian, I chuckled as I read this! I should be prepared for this when we hit 50 years of togetherness. Love it.
    Zoey is so adorable and thank you for your lovely comment on my post.


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