Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Secret of Sleep

I watch both my cats as they sleep.
Mabel is at the back
Charlie is in the front
Not for them endless counting of sheep.

They curl up, close their eyes and away
With no angst of how they spent their day.

In the night my mind's full of concern
Consequently I toss and I turn.

How to rid my head of things I said,
All those gaffes that could make cheeks turn red?

How to discard those worries each night
Of what's not yet occurred... but just might?

The solution, I'm sure, is the way
Cats can totally dismiss the day.

It's a natural skill for a cat
So please tell me, why can't I do that?



19 comments:

  1. I don't have trouble getting to sleep but staying asleep. Loved the verse,

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks Yvonne. I have trouble with both.

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  2. I feel your pain! My cat sleeps the evening away on the back of the sofa, snoring right into my ear, and sometimes I simply stare at her enviously. Your cats are a beautiful colour.

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    1. Mabel has a nasty habit of snoring in my ear during the evening. Thank you, they are a lovely silvery grey :-)

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  3. Sir Poops and Hair Ball seem to have the same talent. They can fall asleep mo matter where they are or they may be doing.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. I bet they can, although dogs never seem to be sound asleep. They always have one ear awake!

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  4. Have you tried curling up on a chair cushion, Ros? Or basking on a sunny windowsill? Maybe that's the secret.

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    1. Basking on a brick-hard window sill. Ouch! No thanks!!

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  5. Maybe you need someone to rub your belly or scratch you behind the ear...

    Cute verse, and oh so true. Our cats are such talented sleepers, they can even sleep while holding their heads up. It seems the only time they don't want to sleep is when I DO.

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  6. This is lovely, Ros - cats can sleep like babies - they just fall over when they happen to be knackered. Must be bliss ...

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  7. I'd love to be a cat. Ros, I could relate so well to your poem here…all those anxieties that keep churning in your mind. I bet cats don't have anxiety dreams! It's a lovely photo too. They really are very beautiful moggies.

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  8. Always a book on the nightstand as I don't stay asleep and am only willing to fret in darkness for a little while.

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  9. It's the total relaxation that gets me. The way my cats sometimes end up hanging off the edge of the sofa when they fall asleep. Not a sign of stress anywhere. They look almost boneless sometimes.

    Oh I wish!

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  10. I usually read my book until I fall asleep. I think I used to worry when I was younger and more out and about in my life. Here in the country, things are so peaceful, it's hard to think about worrisome stuff.

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  11. clever poem. Maybe you haven't stretched enough before sleeping. Cats tend know how to stretch and collapse.

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  12. Love the poem. I have trouble sleeping too and dogs sleep just as well as cats.

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  13. Love this! My mind whirls and whirls around at night. Sleeping like a cat would be amazing!

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  14. Love the poem, Rosalind, and I can soooo relate. If only there was an "off" switch!

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  15. Lovely poem. Our cat likes to sleep on a patch of earth. You could try that.... --Miriam

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