Wednesday 27 May 2009

Wakey Wakey?!

That was an interesting peep at early morning Blogland - all you merry band of comment writing, blog addicts cover the whole spectrum. Imagine everyone in a sleep clinic, wired up to record their first reaction on awakening! The scientists would have a field day analysing the results, I'm sure.

I started life as a definite 'lark' - up, up and away as soon as the old eyelids lifted, inbuilt clock primed the night before to wake me at specified time, so I could turn off alarm clock before it rang! It was only a back up, that clock, and in all my school and college years, I can only remember it beating me a couple of times.

Marriage brought a new set of factors into the equation. Hubby was an 'owl', to my 'lark'. With him, came an alarm clock loud and clangy enough to wake the neighbourhood. This would have been enough to cope with, but he liked to set it half and hour before he intended to get up... In his book, this constituted a 'lie in'. In my book, it constituted torture! As a result, for many years, I set my 'inner alarm' to wake me up before his. Could almost have called it enforced larkdom, but I was happy with it!

Now I'm retired and sole guardian of an electric clock/radio/alarm, I'm only too happy to have it in an'Off' position for most of the time. Thank you for all the variations you wrote about in your replies - I now feel twice as lucky! Retirement does have its advantages...


'Come on, get up!' , the sunshine says,
'It's time to start the day!'
'Slow down, why rush?' the rain cloud drips.
'Why don't you go way?'

From North to South, from East to West
the daylight wakes us all;
but 'larks' and 'owls' have different views,
some rush while others crawl

to start their day, take up their lives,
as Earth goes spinning round.
Day and night, night and day,
it turns without a sound;

it's just our gears grind in our ears
as 'sleep' moves on to 'wake'.
If only we'd an inbuilt switch -
what difference that would make!

No sluggish, early morning head,
no wakeful, night-time blues,
a simple, on/off sleeping switch
would enable us to choose!


  1. Now.. this is one fresh, come-on-get-up morning poem :)

  2. Good morning Jinsky! I too have an internal alarm which takes a week or so to set if I change the sleep time. While I used to be a bit of a night owl, I think I'm really more of a circumstatial bird. I wake when it's appropriate. If camping and the sun is up then so am I. If it's dim and drizzly I may lay abed with a book.

    Lovely poem! Particularly like verse 2 and your amusing conclusion. :-)


  3. just so long as no one else is flipping my switch!

  4. My spouse is also one to set the alarm before she needs to get up. However, for most of our days, I have been the one to get up first, so it's worked out. Like you, we don't use the alarm much anymore.

  5. Wonderful bit of poetry here Jinksy. Wouldn't it just be great to have an on and off switch!

    Love Granny

  6. I totally agree with Granny on the Web. Sometimes it takes me all day to wake up.
    And then it's time for bed again ;-)

  7. I absolutely LOVE this one!!!!!! And you express just the perfect solution so beautifully!!!! May all your dreams come true...we need them!!!! ~Janine XO

  8. I'm like you, I hate the sound of an alarm even if it's the clock radio going off. So if I know I have to get up at a certain time, I tell myself before I go to sleep, and set the alarm just in case, but I usually wake up before it goes off.

    I'm an owl person, Abe is the lark. He goes to bed way too early for my taste and gets up way, way too early.

  9. Purely by chance I've just woken up in the wee small hours,to discover a meme that lends itself to your topic! One more click then it's back to bed!

  10. A fine poem.

    My son does that... the setting of the alarm earlier than he intends to wake up. If he forgets to set it, and I awaken him at the time he usually gets up (about a half hour past alarm time), he complains that I let him sleep in. He really means that I didn't give him the option to re-sleep. ;)

  11. I'm afraid both Jim and I are owls. Now this is not good as we'll both happily compute away until about 4am, then stay in bed until about 11am. We can get up if we have to. We reckon it always rains in the morning in Ireland anyway!!

  12. I'm definitely a lark Jinksy. I wake at 6.15 am and I'm ready for bed at 9.30 pm, usually. When I am at work I last longer and go to bed about 11 pm. I spose that's so I can fit in all the things I want to do in my day and I need longer to unwind. I liked your poem.
    Blessings, Star

  13. Nice one, i like nights as it gives you the feeling that day is over and i wait for morning ccause i want the new and a better day to come.Mornings are always good but still everyone is so lazy to wake up.

  14. I'm a lark that likes to lie in. I never set an alarm.

  15. Parallel stream of consciousness going on here. Mr P wakes me up by saying "wakey wakey."

  16. UP, up and awaakkkkeeeee!
    That's mostly me.


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