SoCS: I Have Strewn

Today is January 13th and time for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday or SoCS. Quite often the prompt is one or two words that Linda picks herself. However, she’s giving us a bit of a challenge and some freedom with this prompt:

“When you’re ready to sit down and write your post, look to the publication (book, newspaper, permission slip from your kid’s teacher, whatever you find) closest to you, and base your post on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word from the beginning of the page.”


I have strewn

myself across the bed

without rest

My eyes are awake

at 10:38

I have strewn

the covers in a pile

in a sweat all the while

an email I send

at 11:10

I have strewn

my arms to the side

where Ziva resides

Loud purrs I adore

at 11:44

I have strewn

my legs to the floor

and get up once more

The bladder I hate

at 11:58

I have strewn

and twisted and turned

the brain continues to churn

the new day is seen

at 12:15

I have strewn

one too many times

the bird clock faintly chimes

it’s the hour to find peace

at 12:33

I have strewn

the final strewn

inside the bedroom

the eyes finally close

at time unknown


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the wide awake idea from author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with a prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook, ambling stream or running river. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making process.

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29 responses to SoCS: I Have Strewn

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Very nicely done!

    I never like those nights when the clock seems to be messing with your head while you toss and turn.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Dan! I went to bed early last night and got some good rest so I could go work out early this morning. Thursday night was awful, but certainly over and done.

      • Dan Antion says:

        Over and done is a good thing for that to be.

        We were going out today but they’re calling for strong wind and freezing rain.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It must be catching, Judy. I hope you don’t have a million things to do today and can take that power nap. It’s hard to get through the day when you’re dragging.

  2. marianallen says:

    I’ve had those strewn nights, too. One year, I had so many sleepless nights in a row, I read three Harry Potter books bing bang boom. Haven’t been able to identify which plot went with which book since. Put me at a disadvantage with my grandkids until they moved on.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I think about reading when I can’t sleep, but I never feel like turning on a light and putting my glasses back on. It seems like defeating the purpose of wanting to sleep. I suppose choosing to toss and turn and pet the cats doesn’t help either.

      I’ve not read the Harry Potter novels, but watched the movies. Unfortunately, I would also be unable to identify what plot went with what movie.

      • marianallen says:

        This bout I’m talking about wasn’t wanting to sleep but couldn’t; it was BRAIN ON SPEED CAN’T SLEEP DON’T WANNA. Don’t know what was up with that. I’m usually all about the Zs. Now, when I want to lull myself into sleep, I do alphabet games, like: Think of five songs with title or first line beginning with A, then five beginning with B, and so on. The key (ha ha) is to let your mind wander as you search your memory for the songs.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        That’s a great idea, Marian. When my brain is wired, I tend to lay there and think about the many things I need to do at work and home. Which only stresses and keeps me awake longer.

  3. dweezer19 says:

    Awww sorry about the sleeplessness. I so hate that. I always swear I am sleeping on the weekend. Then just at dawn, I awake, so excited I don’t have to work and can read, write, go outside, cook…..my brain is doomed to wakefullness. Have a great weekend Mary. I love your whimsical poetry.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Cheryl! I may need to add “whimsy” to my categories! I was able to get a good night’s sleep last night, even though I had to get up early. Feeling good now with much of the day to conquer!

  4. Those nights are a visit to hell. I guess sometimes that is necessary so we know what heaven looks like. Well done, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      In heaven, we all get o sleep nine hours straight (no crazy cats or worries on the mind) and wake up refreshed to the smell of coffee and bacon. That’s what I’m counting out, anyhow. 😉

  5. LindaGHill says:

    I love it, Mary! ❤ I'm one of those people who, most of the time, falls asleep the moment my head hits the pillow. Hate me if you must. 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I used to be like you, Linda, and fall asleep right away. Then menopause and age hit, soooo…. 😉

      • LindaGHill says:

        The dreaded menopause only affected my sleep for a while … But I’m still only in my fifties.

  6. joey says:

    Love this! So relatable, poetic, and well done. Love it! Great turning and returning of the phrase.

  7. Eden says:

    That was.. apropos, given that my Friday-into-Saturday was exactly that kind of “sleep”. Though the 6am wake up time probably didn’t help.

    This read beautifully. Too bad I could relate so well.

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