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I so adored late hours. I was what you would call a night owl, As fireflies seldom appear, until creamy moon is on the prowl. I loved the quiet and peacefulness, and staring at a big moon, Just as the onset of summer, is staring down the end of June! Some people can get by on less sleep, and I was one of those, As eager feet are constantly going by, the paths of primrose. My nightly pursuits were many-music, reading, TV or going out, Just as the ancient stargazers, wondered what they were about! Sometimes I'd walk in moonlight, or maybe stroll to the beach, Like a silvery dance of darkness, when moon's within its reach. The somber beauty of nighttime, not once seemed to escape me, As beauty follows the butterflies, passing from bloom to tree! Sometimes I even painted, capturing stars or the limpid moon, Above the whispering treetops, on a spellbound night of June. I got calls from restless friends, at all wee hours of the night, Who knew I was often awake, as all who love darkness delights. All went on this way, until the night I could not sleep at all, Like our poor Humpty Dumpty, always destined for the great fall! For hardly ever sleeping enough, cannot result in good things, As a lack of industry never brings, pearls, diamonds and rings. My insomnia grew steadily worse, until it wasn't fun anymore, As with familiarity we oft grow tired, of what we once adored! What caused my sudden insomnia, I have never been able to say, For it has remained as mysterious, as moonlight upon the bay. Perhaps my body was asserting its needs, so very long ignored, Like wildflowers during a drought, never giving a vivid reward! I was able to sleep some by day, but it never at all sufficed, Like a safe suddenly emptied, with only ignorance of the heist. Being unused to daytime slumber, now I could not sleep at night, In those critical wee hours, before the onset of the pink daylight! It seemed pleasure had undone me, and trapped me between worlds, Of jeweled sparkling sunshine, and the luscious moonlight pearls. I became slow and lethargic, 'til I was but a shadow of myself, And I lost interest in my pursuits, for it's true that time tells! Life went on in the same way, until that hour time disappeared, For it was in the sunny noon, I blacked out and slept two years! Here one moment and gone the next, I slept but I did not dream, Like a vividness revenge of rainbows, on a gray sky color scheme! My exhaustion had been cumulative, and I was going nowhere soon, For rousing me from such satisfying sleep, none dared to presume. And the doctors strictly forbade it, saying that I needed the rest, Just as orange dahlias need sunbeams, to bloom their glowing best. So I slumbered my life away, missing both my days and my nights, As a solar eclipse veils everything, when moon is in sun's sight! Then on one restless and balmy day, I gradually began to rouse, Stirred by sunshine gold on my face, and a nurse was in my house. When I discovered how long I'd slept, I was stunned and amazed, Like a passing storm turns to find, cobalt skies suddenly glazed! I love the nighttime still, for such a passion cannot be denied; But I value daytime equally, like hummingbirds in a beauty glide. In order to maintain good health, life must have a certain balance, Like a wide eyed owl, sleeping all day, on sunlit wings of chance!

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Date: 5/31/2021 8:53:00 AM
Beautifully crafted poem. I hung on to every line, Evelyn. Congrats on your well deserved POTD ~
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Date: 5/5/2021 8:28:00 PM
I think a lot of poets may be night owls also. I know I am too. This was a great poetic story Evelyn. Forgive this comment being belated. When I got to the part of you sleeping two years I was hoping this was fiction, and I see it is. You are a wonderful storyteller with many metaphors to color your words. Congratulations on your deserving POTD honor. Blessings xxoo
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/5/2021 9:25:00 PM
I think there are so many people who appreciate the nighttime hours, and I'm guessing many of them are poets. The stillness of the night is great for writing. I had no serious problems as a result of my former habitual late hours. Thank you so much for your kind words and congratulations, which can never be too late. :D
Date: 5/3/2021 8:38:00 AM
I hope this is pure fiction. If so, wonderful. If not -- join the club! ~ Insomniacs International, V.P, gw (not really, lol). Congrats on POTD, Evelyn!!
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/3/2021 11:03:00 AM
Thank you so much, Gershon. Though I am a former night owl, I am happy to say that it never got to the point where I slept two years. Before I let that happen, I would have become a member of the fine organization of which you are an esteemed V.P. :D
Date: 5/3/2021 7:03:00 AM
Love your flow...Congratulations Evelyn Judy Buehler on POTD.
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/3/2021 11:05:00 AM
I'm so delighted. Thank you, Arturo.
Date: 5/2/2021 8:38:00 PM
"In order to maintain good health, life must have a certain balance" I completely agree. Seems there aren't enough hours in the day- at least that is what I tell myself, while lingering in the night hours. This is beautiful in so many amazing ways. You paint such vivid images with your words. I have to say- the "Owl" holds a special place in my heart. A good friend used to call me "Little Owl" Congratulations Evelyn, on Poem of the Day. :) Brandy
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 10:05:00 PM
Sometimes nighttime is the right time-but surely not every time. The daytime holds many delights! I truly appreciate your warm sentiments, Brandy. What a charming nickname you had! Best wishes Evelyn :D
Date: 5/2/2021 3:17:00 PM
Congratulations ,Evelyn, on POTD honors. Wonderful images in your couplets. Happy to see you got yourself lined out. You must keep in mind, everything in moderation:)
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Date: 5/2/2021 3:59:00 PM
I will definitely keep that in mind in the future, Daniel. Thank you so much. :D
Date: 5/2/2021 3:05:00 PM
Cool poem Evelyn! Congrats on your POTD. Well deserved! I can relate because I’m a night owl too!
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 3:55:00 PM
I see there are a great many night owls-though I've always suspected. Thank you very much for the compliment and congratulations. :D
Date: 5/2/2021 2:15:00 PM
Evelyn, congratulations on receiving POEM OF THE DAY with your well written poem, I can really relate to it as I am a night hawk too, love _Constance
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 3:01:00 PM
There are many in my family. Thank you so much, Constance. Hugs, Evelyn
Date: 5/2/2021 1:45:00 PM
Wow, "jeweled sparkling sunshine and the luscious moonlight pearls"!! Great couplet poem about insomnia. Congratulations on your POTD.
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 2:59:00 PM
I appreciate you warm words so much. Thank you.
Date: 5/2/2021 1:38:00 PM
Evelyn, you're the greatest story teller on the sou. Congrats for your POTD.
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Date: 5/2/2021 2:58:00 PM
You are very kind, Victor. Thank you so much. :D
Date: 5/2/2021 12:05:00 PM
what a wonderful story teller you are Evelyn; I too have suffered with insomnia and its wonderful when you can overcome it. many congrats on POTD:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 5/2/2021 2:56:00 PM
Thank you for the wonderful compliment and congratulations, Jan. I am so glad that you're over your insomnia. hugs Evelyn xx :D
Date: 5/2/2021 11:42:00 AM
That's an amazing story and a well-written poem telling it! Congrats on your POTD, Evelyn! Blessings, Kim M
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 2:53:00 PM
Thank you for your warm remarks, Kim. Blessings, Evelyn
Date: 5/2/2021 10:08:00 AM
Another beautiful "color scheme" Evelyn. I understand your night owl tendencies. I am a night owl. I love the peace and stillness of the night but, like you, value the precious morning hours after eight hours of sleep! So well done. Congratulations on your POTD honor. Blessings to you!
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 10:37:00 AM
Night has a beauty and tranquility that is all its own. It is only natural to love it. Thank you for kind thoughts and observations. Kindest regards, Evelyn
Date: 5/2/2021 9:48:00 AM
Finding that balance between "The jewels of sparkling sunshine" and "luscious moonlight pearls", Congrats on POTD Evelyn..
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 10:38:00 AM
You have my deepest appreciation, Joseph. :)
Date: 5/2/2021 7:44:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD win. What an amazing story/write. Your pen was writing overtime on this wonderful write. Have a blessed day.......................
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Date: 5/2/2021 10:40:00 AM
That's so kind of you to say. Thank you so much.
Date: 5/2/2021 4:49:00 AM
A great couplet poem that deserved to be recognized as a poem of the day. Congratulations!
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Date: 5/2/2021 10:41:00 AM
I'm so glad you like it. Thank you, Robert. :D
Date: 5/2/2021 4:23:00 AM
WoW! Evelyn, What a well written and meaningful poem. I have never read a poem about insomnia like this. You took a journey like no other. You held my attention from start to finish. Your final two stanzas summed up your write perfectly. This outstanding write is so deserving of the poem of the day. Congratulations my friend. Have a wonderful day:-) Alexis
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 10:47:00 AM
You have my deepest thanks for all of your heartwarming words. Your enjoyment makes the effort so worthwhile. God bless you. :=) Evelyn
Date: 5/2/2021 3:09:00 AM
One heck of a poem -- one heck of a saga! Glad to know you are now safely back with us all, Evelyn. Fascinating poem! Congratulations on receiving POTD -- very well done! My best regards. :) john
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 10:53:00 AM
Thank you very much for your complimentary remarks, John. It's great to be back-I had quite a lot of catching up to do! :D Have a nice day, Evelyn
Date: 5/2/2021 1:42:00 AM
A different write that keeps its eyes on the things of night then rewards its much needed sleep with sunshine. I am not sleeping well tonight so here I am commenting on this enjoyable write.Congratulations on POTD!
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 10:56:00 AM
Thank you for your wonderful remarks, Kim, and I hope very much that you sleep better. Blessings, Evelyn
Date: 5/2/2021 1:28:00 AM
Back with congratulations on POTD. Hugs Eve
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/2/2021 10:57:00 AM
Thank you, dear Eve. Hugs, Evelyn
Date: 5/1/2021 3:40:00 PM
Just stunning, Evelyn, the imagery and your heart emotions shine. Enjoyed reading. Hugs Eve
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/1/2021 5:06:00 PM
I enjoyed the telling of the tale, Eve. Thanks so much for your kind appreciation. :D
Date: 4/30/2021 11:19:00 PM
I wonder how long it must have taken you to write such long poems. I love your couples and I admire your imagery, the moon taking first stand. A lovely poem.
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 5/1/2021 12:12:00 PM
The trick is not writing them all at once-only a little each day. Your enthusiasm and appreciation are always so welcome. Thank you for the smiles. :D
Date: 4/30/2021 8:00:00 PM
Well done Evelyn. I too enjoy walking at night with my dogs by my side. I work the late night shift at Walmart and get off at 7am. but I stay up until 3pm so I can see the sun and do things that need to be done. I sleep from 3pm to 10 pm. That gives me 7 hrs. so I still get the rest I need. Good job here. God Bless, JB
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 4/30/2021 8:35:00 PM
Thank you for your wonderful comment, Judy. I am a former 'night owl' myself, but now I get too sleepy at night. As long one gets the proper rest, it doesn't matter when. The 'sleeping beauty' of this tale was very neglectful in this respect. Have a nice night. Evelyn
Date: 4/30/2021 2:37:00 PM
Hi Evelyn, and thanks for sharing this great poem; I enjoyed reading it. I liked sleeping daytime too. I used to be classified as a nightcrawler because I was constantly concerned with school work, but I choose to be wide-eyed and determined now.
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 4/30/2021 7:29:00 PM
Hi Lasaad, You are quite welcome. There are many 'night owls' in my family, and I thought of them while writing this. This is intended as a fun fantasy, so I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for telling me so. Blessings, Evelyn