Insomnia

I plan to continue my poetic adventure in 2023, similar to how I started in 2022, with a slight variation. Starting with the letter A, I will try to explore several poetry styles. This journey in poetry writing started two years ago when I strongly desired to learn more about reading and writing poetry. Black Out Poems became my obsession at the end of 2022. I promise to be a little more diverse this year. I started 2023 by writing “Ars Poetic” verse style. This form of poetry can be translated from Latin as “The Art of Poetry,” I call this poem Insomnia.

How does “Ars Poetic” relate to the poem Insomnia?

Horace started this tradition somewhere around 13 B.C.E. This form of poetry is simply writing a poem about writing a poem. It expresses how the poet feels when engaged in the writing process, examining the poet’s relationship to the poem. There are no rules about meter or rhythm. Writing this form of poetry should be a fun experience.

Note: I decided to tackle my “Ars Poetic” poems by writing them in a series of poems without any rules of meter and rhythm. The subject matter concerns what I could write about if I chose to write about the subject matter.

Insomnia
Lying for hours in my bed
An entire cast of characters 
Playing in my head
Writing scenes with dialog 
Breakthrough subconscious barriers
Living large at my expense
Tossing and turning 
When I only want to sleep like a log
I guess I can argue in their defense
That they want to come alive on the page
But the nighttime hours are burning
And I am left with a sleepless maze
Why don’t they come back in the light
Or when I sat down at my laptop to write
I guess I could write about that
Like notes sung by a little bird
Letter upon letter
Word upon word
Line upon line 
Stanza upon stanza
This poem is for me to create and define
beyond definition
 

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

6 thoughts on “Insomnia

  1. Oh, my goodness, writers have worked in the wee hours since the dawn of the art! The wavelengths seem clearer for reception then, don’t they? Doesn’t really help to take notes, either, for me. It’s get up and write it or forget about it! 😏

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