I’ve written poetry about this subject before, I think–it’s a subject that kind of comes to mind occasionally.

What about you? Do you have late night inspiration while you’re trying to sleep?

No sleep for you! Image from WikiMedia by Castelaa.

No sleep for you!
Image from WikiMedia by Castelaa.

Midnight Poetry

Turn off the light

get comfortable

Left side


Right side

Wiggle your head on the pillow

for the optimal position

Close your eyes

banish from your mind

to-do lists


and bad memories

From the darkness left behind

unspools a line of poetry

Ignore it

Out flutters another line to join the first

Open your eyes

turn on the light

grab a pencil and paper and fix the words

to a memory more reliable

made of graphite and trees

Turn off the lights

close your eyes

get comfortable

And then…

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

4 responses »

  1. Marcia says:

    All sorts of ideas come to me while trying to fall asleep. I seldom write them down, though, sadly. Some of them were, I’m sure, world changing. 🙂 Lovely poem! Are you putting together a collection yet? You should be!

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