Cinquain Cat

After my last post a bleader asked me the question “Have you tried your hand at the cinquain?”.
The cinq-what?

Thanks to trusty wikipedia I learnt all about this type of poetry via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinquain. Basically, the style is the creation of a Ms Adelaide Crapsey using 5 lines with accents of 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables. (And I think coming up with a haiku can be tricky!!) It seems there are lots of variations too with names like “crown”, “garland” and “butterfly” – trust writers to give them such labels.

So, always up for a literary challenge, here is today’s offering in the form of a cinquain instead of a haiku. Are you up for trying your hand at something different too? Go on, stretch yourself!
(And if you’re interested, that bleader’s blog is: http://literaryarms.wordpress.com/.)

Asleep,
The cat lies still
As sunshine warms her fur
And makes me jealous of her pose:
Peaceful.

© Leah Dowsett 2012

Sleeplessness

When I get busy I also get insomnia.

Not the “gee, it’s late I’d like to go to sleep but I’m not tired” kind. The “wow, it’s 3.40am and I’m wide awake” kind. The exhausting kind. The kind were I am fully alert in the wee hours and then start getting sleepy again around 6.00am. Just in time for a brief snooze before the alarm goes off and the work day begins.

My busyness right now is work-related. Large projects, looming deadlines, lots of lists and long hours. Not that I mind working late when required, and not that the projects are awful or difficult – it’s the amount of tasks to complete and the lack of time do so that wears me down. In the end I think that too many ideas are swirling in my brain to truly let me unplug from the day and sleep deeply. Sigh…

I’ve just finished reading The Night Circus for my book club and it’s right about now that I wish I could go and visit it – a lyrically-described, wondrously magical black and white-coloured circus that “Opens at nightfall Closes at dawn”! But I can’t…

So, I read or pray or web surf or catch up on my social networking until the yawning begins. Even now as I type my eyes are beginning to to feel droopy and I know it’s not long until blissful sleep will come again. Of course, that’s also because it’s now 5.42am.

Sweet dreams everyone…

An early waking
The pre-dawn hours are quiet
Except in my head

© Leah Dowsett 2012

Smiling just because…

This morning I am smiling just because…

  • I am on holidays,
  • I slept in until after 8am,
  • I had cookies for breakfast,
  • I got some snail mail yesterday and am still recalling my friend’s funny comments,
  • I can appreciate the beautiful sun streaming through my window,
  • I can hear my cat softly snoring as I type,
  • I am anticipating a delicious yum cha lunch with a gal pal,
  • I am enjoying looking at photos as I get ready to make up another photo book,
  • I have cleared out so much “stuff” during my break and feel freer for doing so,
  • I can have a nanna nap later this afternoon, and
  • I feel happy and loved.

What’s making you smile lately?

Daily adventures
Sunshine softly warms my skin
Blue sky overhead

© Leah Dowsett 2011

A beautiful day

Sunday laziness /

Sleeping, eating, patting cat /

I can’t help but smile

© Leah Dowsett 2011

A good rest

Only a few coughs /

I’m finally laying flat /

So thankful for sleep

© Leah Dowsett 2011

The cat igloo

Puddy is put out /

Disturbed by my restlessness /

Forced to sleep elsewhere

© Leah Dowsett 2011

Sleep deprivation

Persistent coughing /

Shakes me, the bed and the cat /

Truly exhausting

© Leah Dowsett 2011

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