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Waking Up
by Richard Lee King

Friday, January 28, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This poem attempts to subtly show that I have difficulty getting to sleep and once there, that my dreams are plentiful, but varied... They seem to make sense at the time I'm dreaming them, but the more awake I become the more confusing they become and once I awaken, they just flitter away, usually I can't even remember them.


Letterman, or Leno?
He bounces between the two,
then sometimes Jimmy Fallon,
before his day is through.
The timer turns off the TV
long after he’s asleep.
The chatter of the late, late show
he prefers to counting sheep.
Eight bells tolls the clock,
his mind is but a blur,
it’s that time just before you wake
and his brain has yet to stir.
Scenes flash across a silent screen,
making very little sense.
Snow flakes and a dark cloud,
then an old barbed wire fence.
Bells again in the distance,
trying to jar him awake,
his bladder calls out to him,
there’s a journey he must make.
The smell of coffee brewing,
the timer set for eight.
The sports page demands attention,
the news will have to wait.
Once flowing from his brain,
bits and pieces of his dreams,
now flow away like drift wood
in distant mountain streams.
© Copyright 2011 Richard Lee King
Author of: A Pursuit of Life & The Price of Freedom


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Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 1/30/2011
sleep is a rare commodity sometimes!nice write. Morgan
Reviewed by Deborah Tornillo 1/30/2011
Richard: Our dreams are Life's keys unlocking many doors.

God bless you,
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/29/2011
The best dreams always seem to play out just before the alarm sounds and just sort of disappear into the morning haze. Bits and pieces remain as I shake my head. Patrick
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/29/2011
You remind me again of how powerful is our mind, Richard; and it is a bottomless well of possibility for inspiration. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by George Carroll 1/29/2011
Barbed wire-Barb wire-Bobbed wire-Bob wire- all these spellings have been used for Barbed wire in our history. But this is about lack of sleep and evasive dreams which a good many people can relate to.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/29/2011
I love this-very true for many, can i just tell you, as an old farm girl, i think yoou meant barbed wire :)
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 1/29/2011
Excellent write. You just keep getting better and better.

(By the way, when did you have that picture taken?)

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 1/29/2011
Woww...great writing sweet man..stay safe and well..Hugss
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/29/2011
It is amazing how our minds can not only jump from one subject to another but at times be in two or three different places. Well done.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 1/29/2011
Nicely written, Richard.

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