The Retired Bloke

Counting Sheep

I haven’t slept a wink last night

I tossed and turned but despite

Every effort to effect deep slumber

I couldn’t find the magic number

Of sheep to count while dozing off

On one occasion I started to cough

Which woke me from potential torpor 

Out came my feet a tactic in order

To cool my body on a hot summer’s night

Perpetual movement made my wife uptight

Who too was now wide awake and grumpy

Complained that she couldn’t now get comfy

The problem deteriorated it was now twofold

Covers flying off the bed totally uncontrolled

Tempers frayed  it’s all your fault

Out came flaying arms another assault

No concrete solutions could be found

I stared at the ceiling I stared at the ground

Morning took an eternity to arrive

A glimmer of light could be seen at five

The orange glow of sunrise showed

Through the crack in the curtains it glowed

Signalling time to end this misery

Arise and expect to be somewhat jittery

Tired and confused I started my day

With a hope in my heart that all’s ok

That we can both survive on little sleep

Until tonight when we can count more sheep. 





  • orchidee

    A fine write. How many sheep were there? How many you expecting to count tonight?! lol.

  • Goldfinch60

    Some nights are just like that. The funniest ones though (when looking back on them) was when my wife was having hot flushes, suddenly in the middle of the night the covers would be thrown off the bed with the cry "I AM SO HOT!"

  • sylviasearcher

    Oh but it was cold last night!
    It can be a grumpy scene when you cannot sleep. I hope you both survive.

  • Claudelle DeLuna

    Very Cool!
    the writing describes very well what happens when we cannot fall asleep!
    We are still experiencing 103 F temps where we live.....yikes with heat index at 103 to 112 F 😴

    • The Retired Bloke

      We are in Portugal at the moment. Fortunately where we are there is air conditioning.

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