poetryaction to Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep

Happy Poetry Friday! I’m sharing another poetryaction today. I sometimes have trouble sleeping. Lately, my back has been aching–I don’t know why. Long car trips to blame? Anyway, I felt bad for Barney Saltzberg’s Chengdu and wrote this cinquain in his honor.

Chengdu

Here I am reading my poem:
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20 Responses

  1. I’ve seen this book reviewed, still haven’t read it, but he does look so‑o tired. Sorry for your achy back, too, Laura. The ‘slow black rivers of exhaustion’ shows insomnia well. Love this idea of yours!

  2. I’ve seen this book reviewed, still haven’t read it, but he does look so‑o tired. Sorry for your achy back, too, Laura. The ‘slow black rivers of exhaustion’ shows insomnia well. Love this idea of yours!

  3. wonderful poem I have never hear of this type of poem before what makes it different from the other types? I will have to read this book sometime hope your back fells beater soon

  4. wonderful poem I have never hear of this type of poem before what makes it different from the other types? I will have to read this book sometime hope your back fells beater soon

  5. Laura,
    What a delightful cinquain. I enjoyed it’s rhythms and could feel the “black river of exhaustion.” There’s always something special about being able to hear a poet read her words.

    Of course, I think this would be fun to share with students. What a unique way to respond to a book.

    Cathy

  6. Laura,
    What a delightful cinquain. I enjoyed it’s rhythms and could feel the “black river of exhaustion.” There’s always something special about being able to hear a poet read her words.

    Of course, I think this would be fun to share with students. What a unique way to respond to a book.

    Cathy

  7. Sigh. I can relate. Here I am, popped awake at 11:45 pm, reading through the PF roundup to make something positive of my insomnia. (probably shouldn’t have eaten that chocolate this afternoon…sigh…)

    1. Ugh. I mean, yay on the poetry-reading and yum on the chocolate, but ugh on the not sleeping when you need to!

  8. Sigh. I can relate. Here I am, popped awake at 11:45 pm, reading through the PF roundup to make something positive of my insomnia. (probably shouldn’t have eaten that chocolate this afternoon…sigh…)

    1. Ugh. I mean, yay on the poetry-reading and yum on the chocolate, but ugh on the not sleeping when you need to!

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