Life without sleep

For some., Sleep is no problem
For some., Sleep is no problem

Insomniacs Anonymous

There must be a word for people like us,

A collective noun---- yes insomniacs,

But l mean something more....like people who go to AA

Or Rehab................

Ah! How about Insomniacs Anonymous.?


Our weekly meetings would differ, somewhat,

Time for a start, maybe 3.0 or 4.0´clock?

a.m?? That could be dodgey if we live in a city,

Muggers around, who wouldn´t take pity,

on our little band of insomniacs.


Yes, Middle of the night, Who is around?

Not people like us, it´s burglers and murderers.............

Hmph! This may take some thinking through,

i´ll wrack my brains if you will too.


Guess we could call? Telephone or Facebook?

Pour out our hearts, swop sleepless stories,

If one of us bores the other to sleep..,

Hoorah! Don´t be jealous. Your turn will keep.


We must try ideas, dear fellow insomniacs,

What works for one, may not for another,

But trial and error--- banded together,

We´ll make good use of Anonymous Insomniacs.,


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inspector fidget 5 years ago from the US of A

I like this a lot. It's cute and funny and a good read, no matter what one's literary tastes are. I have had problems sleeping in the past. Major problems. And I'm so thankful that's behind me now, for sleeping is one of my most favorite things in all the world. To shut the eyes, still the body and wander off into dreamland for 6-8 hours. Nothing like it.

The cat in the picture sure has no problems in that area. If one can sleep curled up in a flower pot, one can sleep anywhere.


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

oh to be a cat - voted up and stuff


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you inspector fidget. Glad you found it funny.

Take care,

Dim


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Oh to be a cat. yep.! They´ve got it made.!

Thanks for the comment and encouragement, annmackiemiller


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Oh I can so relate..I am one...sign me up Dim..very cute poem, up and funny..

thanks Dim,

Sunnie


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Ha Ha , o dear, l shouldn´t laugh.. You are my 1st member (after myself, of course) l wasn´t expectinng that. Do feel you are the only one at 4 in the morning? l do., which is why your comment amused me.

Take care xx


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dim I promise on any given morining..just look for me I will be up as early as 330...I do get up to take care of my grandson as i drive over to my daughters house..but even when I am not going ..I am still awake at the same time..usually writing..lol..it sometimes gets lonely up that early..haha


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

l´m always very concious of time zones. Totally forgot once, that my friend in India is 6 hrs ahead, when l phoned at 9 0.p.m. (oops, 3.30. a m to her)

Lovely to see your sunny smile again thank you. x


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Cat in the hat, yes.

Jack in the box, yes.

Cat in the pot is new.

Isolation breeds creativity

Nice Hub


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Fun read!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub which I vote right up and by the way I loved picture of cat curled up on the plant pot.

Unique and brilliant.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

mkbrdsks, Alladream., and dear Eiddwen.

Thank you all for taking the time to read my page and l love ALL your comments.

Take care , one and all.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Loved the poem (and yes, the pix as well. I have a few pix of my own pets in precarious sleeping positions. Although i can not relate to the world of the insomniac, i can sympathize. I am just the opposite. If i close my eyes for more that 5 seconds, i am instantly asleep.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks for the comment. My husband and my daughter are exactly like you. fall asleep as head touches pillow, .It often makes me feel jealous.

Cést la vie.


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....well life without you my friend would a life without sleep ....and I need you like I need vitamins - so I'll just call you one of my essential vitamins -

Vitamin DF !!! And thank you for that lovely visit earlier today - what a pleasure and a thrill for me!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Oh l´d love to be a vitamin.. Vitamin DF may give me some eneregy that l sorely lack.

Love your sense of humour. Thanks very much for this comment.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks to Mr. epi for this one. I can't sleep without help but even with unfortunate circumstances sometimes we have to laugh a bit. Liked your write and site DF and you'll never see a cat at any Inso-Anon.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Ha Ha How true about a cat. Pleased to meet you on hubpages and thank you for taking the time to comment.


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Teylina 5 years ago

Ah, Dim, I am soooooo sorry to be late late late reading this. I got behind reading because I was writing or talking on the phone to my son the trucker who, like me, often has a lot of trouble sleeping while he's "rollin', you awake?" His girlfriend sleeps like the proverbial baby; he and I do, too, when we DO FINALLY SLEEP; we also sleep as long--if people let us! I love this hub! And, oh, I can so relate! And, oh, I know so many other people who can, too. Our problem is we're all terrified to call each other in the wee dark hours of the night because we're afraid we MIGHT wake somebody up! Go figure. Love the twist at the end. Yeah. Applause. Oh, forgot! The cat! Love, love, love the cat!


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

I lost sleep over this...D'oh! :) Fun little ditty.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

ha ha so sorry you lost sleep over one of my little ditties.--. sleep tight, tonight.

Thanks a lot for commenting.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Oh Teylina, l can so relate to the thought of phoning someone in the middle of the night. Even when you know the other person suffers, like yourself, there´s always that horrible thought that they may just have dropped off and you´ll wake them, . So you don´t call and suffer on. l have to laugh when l read others like us. It´s just not funny at 3.0 a m.

love your comments dear friend Thank you.


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Teylina 5 years ago

No, it isn't funny until the cold light of day (still not sleeping or fighting off a nap, hoping you can sleep that night!). Share a story--you never know how that trait may actually help somebody someday.. very close friend of mine lost her husband to a massive heart attack at 4:30 a.m. in another state many years ago. Her last image of him was his face contorted, gasping her name while he gripped her knee and she called 911 while trying cpr--expression horrid. She suffered terrible pstd w/waking 4:30 a.m.. every night for several years. I reminded her of my usual sleeplessness, and she said, but what if you're asleep? I said, "So, I can always sleep later; you can't get thru the panic later--you need it then; call & see. She did--for about 4 years my phone rang almost every night at 4:30 a.m. Funny thing-- I was awake more often than asleep; she didn't feel guilty and I could always sleep later. Fortunately, my son and I have a great rapport, and since he's on the road we feel free to find out: his is a text: "I'm rollin'--you awake?" Mine-- "I'm awake; you rollin'?" If he is asleep, he never hears the phone!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

wonderful story. You must have been a great support to your friend at a desperate time.

Texting 1st is a great idea.

Thanks for that tip.

Sounds like you have a wonderful son too.


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Teylina 5 years ago

Yeah - you two would get along fine. I've got some of your stuff (incl this one and the one of 'painting a smile on my heart' bookmarked for him. Some times when you write, I can hear him talking! I just never know which planet he's on! The planets I've figured out - but when he switches galaxies on me, I usually have to hang up.. if you want him # I'm sure he'd be glad to talk - he's 43 w/a 23 yr old daughter who just grad'd from college w/degree in International Hospitality. Raised her alone a long time. His fave song: "I'm a Toys R Us Kid!" (Kidding - but--get the drift?)


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Yeah!!! l get the drift.. He sounds like an ideal best friend for my 40 yr old son. l won´t even go there. Ha Ha. l AM glad he likes some of my work though.

Thank you, and take care.

Dim x


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Teylina 5 years ago

Hey--maybe that's why WE can't sleep, and we just haven't figured it out yet! I'm outta here--lookin out for your next!


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blaise25 5 years ago from close to you...

Dream sweet tonight lovely, Dim.

I enjoyed this one :)


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Nicely done Dim! Let's sleep on it!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Well we can try to sleep, eh?.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you blaise. l´m glad you liked it. Take care.x


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

great hub and so very relevant for many people! Sleeping for few hours means more constructive hours at hand! voted up awesome!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

WOW! Awesome eh? Thank you very much.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Again, very nicely expressed. You write some powerful, but short poems. Great job! :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Again l can only thank you so much for your support.

Cheers!!


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DREAM ON 5 years ago

I think I am dreaming of this hub in my sleep.It is so wonderful and so funny.At least I found a way to get 20 winks.I also found a way to feel like I just woke up.I set my alarm clock to go off every half hour then I convince myself when I hear the alarm clock that I just got up early and I could lay back to get a little extra sleep.If my eyes would only shut then I can do whatever it is I want to do after this.Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.This way I don't feel like I am missing out on anything.Goodnight or Wake up which ever applies.Have a great day.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

l hope you realise how hiarious that comment is.

Thank you for making my sides ache.!!!!!!

God day/night to you too, dear friend


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DREAM ON 5 years ago

Another day where the sun meets the sky without my eyes shutting and all I can do is watch someones eye lashes twitch as they sleep and dream.They make it look easy as their eye shades block the sun and stay shut until there level of rest have been met.Oh how nice it would be to sleep for as long as you want.Whenever you want.I would like to some day paint little eyes on their lids so they can stay awake for once and see the world that never sleeps.I am lucky though when my body reaches exhaustion it just shuts down.Then I go to never never land without a plan.When I wake up I will start fresh after all that wonderful rest.Thanks for yor very insightful hub.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Tanks for all your great comment., Dream On.. Hope you sleep tonight and have pleasant dreams.


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Hey Dim! Am a "getting a little older" hippie myself and also a sort of insomniac. My sleep quality is very poor! When I grow up, I'm gonna sleep better, lol. Enjoyed your piece! Peace!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Lovely comment. Pleased to meet you on hubpages.

My daughter says she doesn´´t understand my terrible sleep pattern because she thought ´´old´´ people don´t need so much sleep...... No comment...


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ritsukakunx 5 years ago

Aww, love the picture.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks a lot. Cats seem able to sleep in any place and position. Ha ha.

Good to see you on my page.

Cheers!


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TheFont 5 years ago from Australia

I love this! Fantastic.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Glad you liked it. Pleased to meet you on hubpages

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