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March 28, 2011

4 A.M.

At 4 A.M. here in the dark
the mouse jumps on his wheel
and starts running and running and running
squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky
and I cannot sleep

During the day it's okay
for him to play this way
just running and running and running
squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky
and I find him amusing

But after awhile
and many a mile
of the running and running and running
squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky
and it grates my nerves

If I took out the wheel
it would be an ordeal
no more running and running and running
squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky
and I’d be at peace

But it wouldn’t last
and he’d scurry about fast
looking for his running and running and running
squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky
and I’d go insane



(Note: I don't have a pet mouse.  It's a metaphore for my over-active brain)

16 comments:

  1. I had a hamster named "Ainge" (he looked like Danny Ainge the basketball player--seriously, he did). He would bite at the metal gate if the wheel got stuck. One way or another, they let you know. I just wish I had that exercise commitment.

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  2. The poor thing!

    A pet is for life, not just 4am!

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  3. Oh my brain is so like this! I absolutely get it. Love how the repetition of the word squeaky here makes me feel annoyance!

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  4. My brain was TOTALLY doing this last night! Thankfully, I managed to force it to sleep for about 5 hours with the help of a Soma I needed to relax the muscles that were pissed at me for sitting in strange positions using the laptop all day. :)

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  5. My brain does that, too--yes, at 4 am--when I'm trying so desperately to go back to sleep. Nice metaphor!

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  6. Better to have that wheel as long as your in the rat race!

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  7. If only one could hook it up and power something besides insomnia...

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  8. Last night my mind was running like this, which makes for a tired and draggy day. Sometimes it's better when I don't fight it and get up and write instead.

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  9. I have a mouse like that in my head. His running-running-running powers the creative generator. I miss the sleep, but I'd miss the creative power even more.

    Love your little mouse. He serves you well.

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  10. cute metaphor for those racing thoughts most of us writer have :)

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  11. haha....as soon as my head hits the pillow...the hampster starts running...darn hampster...

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  12. Well, I would have loved to pet a mouse or hampster- I have a thing for frogs too..!

    But this happens with me with words! The moment I call it a day; like haunted souls they come flying by tapping at my mind's door. I do feel possessed! Now it happens the moment I am idle- as in not blogging or doing nothing..like waiting for tea- water to prepare..

    squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky-squeaky!

    Hugs xx

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  13. Oh man..can I relate to this. In fact pretty sleepy right now thanks to that damn mouse. Vb

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  14. Oh yes of Mice and Men...the same holds true...we can learn alot about self from them...bkm

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