Writing about writing – in rhyming couplets

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Writing about writing – in rhyming couplets


Why is it that at 11:05

my mind seems to wake and words come alive?

A clutch of wise phrases befitting a sage

demand to be scribbled down on a page.

My brain is now buzzing, fizzing and bright

The one problem is, I’ve switched off the light.


And next to me lies a husband who’s snoring,

his slumbering state is gently imploring

that I don’t budge an inch, as he’ll waken once more

and not fall asleep ’till a quarter to 4.

I know what that’s like, lying hours awake

my body bored of straightness – it’s starting to ache.


You’d just drifted off but then some tiny noise

startles you back. Your mind it employs

every notion and thought, every trick in the book

To stop you from sleeping and cares can unhook

From reason to nonsense and meaningless fears

that daylight reduces ’til all disappears.


So I really don’t want to wake him at all

I hold those lines tightly screwed up in my thrall.

I try to remember as much as I can,

those witty, smart wordings, my big clever plan

for what happens next and sharp dialogue

in the book that I’m writing or even my blog.


A notebook lies ready and also a pen

for moments like these, as you don’t quite know when

inspiration will hit you, it comes once again,

but why must it come so long after 10?

And how can I write in my book in the dark

without actually waking ye ‘ol patriarch?


So I ask other writers who’ve read up ’til here.

How do you do it, when prone on your bier?

Do you suffer the same form of affliction as me?

Or sleep ye alone, been evicted (set free?),

To write when you want to, whenever you can

without fear of waking your woman or man?


Can you jump up and scribble, creativity flowing,

your hands flying page-wards, heart and cheeks glowing?

Try as I may I’m stumped, how the blazes,

waiting ’til morning, you remember your phrases?

‘cos I’d love to be smart in the hours of day light

As bright as I seem at the start of the night!


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45 thoughts on “Writing about writing – in rhyming couplets”

  1. I’m sad that someone, other than me,
    Wakes up at night, with nothing to see,
    But lays there awake, in darkness of night,
    With Dr. Seuss thoughts, like flying a kite.
    So I bid you adieu, at a quarter till three,
    As sleep hides from you, dear Liberty!

  2. I hear you truly, loud and clear,
    At 3am it’s all I hear,
    The rhythm of a pounding rhyme
    With blatant disregard for time,
    That cares not for my need to sleep,
    And interrupts my counting sheep,
    … But vanishes at morning light,
    …And waits to reappear at night.

    Love this.

    #blogcrush x

  3. I love this! Yes, can totally relate. I have learnt to write in the dark. It’s not tidy or neat, some words overlap, but it’s there come the morn on a once clean writing sheet. Thank you for linking up with #Blogstravaganza πŸ™‚

  4. This is so cleverly written. I think most writers suffer from this. I must admit to grabbing my phone and jotting down random phrases, words, sentences or even whole posts on it. Turning down the brightness to not wake hubby of course! πŸ˜‰ #tweensteensbeyond

  5. Hehe yes this is me too! I hide under the covers and jot the ideas into my phone, otherwise, I end up mulling them over and over for fear of forgetting them, and then I can’t fall asleep. Thankfully, hubby is a deep sleeper and never even stirs! Haha #blogcrush

  6. This is brilliant and exactly what happens to me. I swear if I could write down everything that comes into my mind in the early hours of the morning I would be at the top of the Times best sellers list. Just a shame I can’t remember it in the morning!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

  7. Brilliant poem and oh so true. I am constantly full off amazing ideas and wonderful prose that never seem to make it on paper or blog.

  8. It’s the second time I’ve read this Liberty and I love it as much this time around. Uncannily spot on and you have a bit of a talent for verse for sure. Thanks for sharing with #tweensteensbeyond

  9. Wisdom and brilliance come all times of day
    Superbly phrased, in my own special way
    I keep by my side, a notebook and pen
    For stark raving mad ideas, at goodness knows when
    I’m thrilled you could share this and validate our craze
    To know we all wake in a fogged up, dodgy haze

    xoxo #LGRTstumble xoxo

  10. Oh such a skill! I loved this. I did go through a phase of having pen and paper beside by my bed but found that I woke more frequently and encouraged my insomnia even more. Of course all our best thoughts are at night it is such a nuisance. Look forward to reading more of your verse. #TweensTeensBeyond

  11. Alice Letters to my Daughter

    Yep yep yep, I know this feeling all too well!! Although I tend to grab my phone and start typing into Google Keep app, I can do that without causing too much fuss! #BlogCrush

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