Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 27 - Sleep and Dreams

"To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come..." 
          ~ William Shakespeare

I'm writing on a lazy Sunday afternoon and as I write this, my final prompt for OctPoWriMo 2014, I must confess - I am sleepy! I have been keeping a very busy schedule this month and have pushed myself harder (in many ways) than I have in quite some time. I find myself pausing, looking up mindlessly at the movie my husband is watching, and nodding off for a few moments. Once I'm done here, I shall listen to my body's call and take an afternoon nap. Let's let this feeling provide our inspiration for this Monday prompt.

The Prompt: Let's write about sleep. What does it feel like as you're drifting off or as you're returning to wakefulness? Do you dream vividly in color? Explore the physical sensations of sleep and dreaming in a freewrite and see what surfaces as the story to be told in your poem.

Word Prompts: 
  • sleep (sleepy, sleeping)
  • dream (dreaming, dreamer)
  • nap
  • awake
  • insomnia

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~ Amy McGrath is a poet, fiction writer, artist, and student of life. She is working toward a new career as a Creative Arts Therapist where she hopes to share with others the healing power of the creative process. You can read her poetry and see some of her art on her blog - Poetry, Prose, Art, and Creativity. When she's not writing or making art, you can find her reading, listening to a wide range of music (even singing karaoke sometimes), or spending time with her husband Patrick and her two sons.


  1. Amy, thank you for this prompt, as well as your other thought provoking, word-inspiring prompts. It has been my honor and pleasure to work with what you have doled out. Thank you for your dedication to poets and poetry.

    1. Thank YOU, Rod, for your kind words and for taking part in this challenge with us. It has been a thrill to read responses to all of the prompts. The creative approaches to each prompt inspire me to look at my own writing in different ways. I have enjoyed reading your poems and look forward to hearing more from you.

  2. Amy, I'm so glad you decided to journey with us again this year and for all that you have shared through your prompts, comments and your poetry. Thank you for all that you have contributed to OctPoWriMo 2014! Much love, light, and hugs to you!