Poetry 101 Rehab: Sleep

Do you miss the Writing 201: Poetry course by the Daily Post? Then join this blogging challenge, Poetry 101 Rehab, that will provide your poetry fix!

How It Works

Each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC I will publish a poetry prompt along with my response to it. You are invited to answer the prompt, twist it or ignore it; write a poem of your own or share a poem by another author.

I would love to hear about your inspiration, your creative process or other poetry related thoughts, but this is no way obligatory. Nothing is obligatory in this challenge, the idea is to get together, talk poetry and have fun!

How You Can Join

Anyone can participate, anytime you want. Publish your poetry post and add a link to it to the InLinkz link-up below my post, or share your link in a comment. Use the tag Poetry 101 Rehab, so we can find each other in the Reader.

I will act as your hostess, and I’ll be here for you to reply your comments, read your verses, like and comment. While my blog is the starting point for the challenge, do visit fellow poets in the link-up and chat to them on their blogs!


The Prompt: Sleep

Sound sleep

Sweat dreams

Of flying high over the sea

Eating caviar with the queen

Waking up

Crippled, cold

And crumbling

Into bits

Of silly dreams

This week’s prompt is SLEEP. My interpretation of this challenge is characteristically dark. Yours could be dark, light or a combination of both – whatever strikes your fancy. What will your take on the keyword SLEEP be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link below!


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Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

61 thoughts on “Poetry 101 Rehab: Sleep”

  1. I believe that I riffed off of your poem, this week, Mara. “Forever Dreams” – http://wp.me/p5BCD4-87 – whether it ended up as light or dark, I don’t know. I luxuriate in sleep, often remember my dreams, and quite often enjoy recurring dreams. (When my blood oxygen level drops while I’m asleep, I awake thinking that my space suit is running out of air.) Your poem is solid, straight line, descriptors. It communicates nicely.

    I don’t know if you remember my poem “Sweet Dreams, My Love” ( http://wp.me/pmyPA-lB – my caterpillar poem); my first impulse was to go with this one for “Sleep”, but then a different poem started writing itself.

    A nice prompt! All sorts of ideas stirring around, now. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful contribution! I like how the two poems contrast with each other; the first one is darker in its intermixture of death and sleep, the second one is more playful. Both are great for the prompt though!

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      1. Thank you Mara .. I never thought I would be writing them again… But thanks to you.. Rehab motivates me every week to write something.. Hope I continue to write more interesting n funny poems


  2. awe i loved this it was like a magical fairytale with a sad ending as they always seem to do well most anyways. I need sleep big time, fed up of waking up exhausted, it will pass though x


      1. Thank you! All I remember was thinking about the sleepless nights of nerves and my pen just ran off without me, it does that. Must be a muse; I’m convinced there’s a little ideas gremlin sneaking around my desk at night 🙂


    1. You’re not a hopeless case, you’re a human being… And it’s great that you express your experience so beautifully in your poetry! Thank you for sharing another deeply moving piece…


    1. Ha! I haven’t watched the finale yet, but I don’t mind spoilers, so I was actually happy to learn the news from your lovely poem! It’s great that you managed to find inspiration in a TV show, that’s very creative 😉 !

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  3. Hi Mara. I would love to join this challenge, but where do I find the prompts? I found your event, but can only find the first prompt, which is HABIT. Where do I go to find the current prompts? Please contact me at blainecindy@comcast.net. Thanks so much. I’d appreciate it! 🙂


  4. Late again, I know! I suck at this… Your poem is gorgeous, very contrasting and certainly disturbing yet somehow quite elucidating and easy to identify to. I am one of those that live in a perpetual state of dreaming. Anyway, I don’t even know what I’m saying today because a centipede stung me and now everything is blurry
    I wrote this while in the heightened state granted to me by centipede venom and pills: https://trimmedwords.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/sleep/ hope it is just the right shade of disorienting for that’s how sleep feels for me. Also I kind of liked it but then again my mind is a confusing place at the moment I think I should better go lie down, haha. Cheers!


    1. A centipede bit you?! That must have been a nasty monster! I never realised that this could even happen… Hope you’re recovering from your shock and not thinking of death unless in your poem – in poetry I revel in images of decay and decay :-O Thank you for providing material for this…


      1. Haha, the little bastard was hiding in my swimsuit! Its venom was quite a disappointment (or relief), though. Turns out they’re as poisonous as bees… And no, thank you! I’d been thinking about what to write this week but inspiration only stroke when I had to sit down for a while and apply cold to the part bitten (sitting like that was not comfortable)! I think my humour has improved though! ha


    1. The photo and the poem in your contribution are a perfect fit. The poem is very saddening, even more so because it simply reflects a fact of life… Thank you for sharing this!


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