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Saturday, October 5, 2013


Yips, yaps, howls
echo over the lake
Coyotes so noisy
they keep me awake.

It's 3 AM
the moon is bright.
Coyotes are chirping
and yapping tonight.

It's 4 AM
they are singing some more
I think I'd rather hear
coyotes snore.

     I didn't get a lot of sleep last night.  I think the coyotes were celebrating the weekend.  So here is a fun list poem to try--write a poem about the things that keep you awake at night.  Have fun.

    I'm not sure if I really need the three stanzas to tell this story.  I'm trying to condense the content to two stanzas.  But then again this poem may want to be a form poem that requires a repeating line like a triolet, or a villenelle.  Oh what fun.  I get to play with this some more. 

    I've already condensed the information into a haiku, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see that. 
    Thank you for reading my drafts of poems.  I really appreciate it. You do make poetry fun for me.


  1. Joy, this is a FUN poem about losing sleep. I like it, although I don't think I would like yapping coyotes at 4 in the morning!

    1. I always worry about them having a feast on someone's small dog when the coyotes start putting up a racket.

  2. We have coyotes in our neighborhood ravine. They were yipping and yapping at 9:00 the other night...no sleep lost in the enjoyment of their singing!!

    1. Maybe I could send my pack over to join yours.

  3. Your final line sums up your feelings well with a neat rhyme. I'm going to suggest you switch around stanzas 1 and 2, so you start with "It's 3 AM..." Stanza 2: "Yips, Yaps, Howls..." and then St. 3 as is. I think the three stanzas are perfect.

    1. Violet,
      I like your suggestion a lot. Excellent advice. Thank you. I like that because it separates the 3 and 4 AM apart more.

  4. Joy,
    I liked the humor of wishing to hear them snore. Thanks for the chuckle. Sorry you didn't get to sleep.