Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sleeping Stranger to Bedtime: Fantasy vs Reality 
A lover must deal with the reality of her bed 
A mom must deal with the reality of bedtime 




Sleeping Stranger (Shakespearean sonnet) 

Who is this stranger sleeping in her heart
Where was the sun which swept her off her feet
That gallant dream which made each breath so sweet
So sad when things are left to fall apart
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She searches through her mirror for a cause
But tears of brighter years forsake her view
Behold fair flower bore the winter’s dew
So sad when souls let go of all once was
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Yet somewhere memories still dance and play
And arms unseen still come to hold her tight
She hears the songs which filled her with delight
She feels the warmth of that once brighter day
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So sad what’s meant to last can’t carry on
The stranger woke to find that she had gone


More than a depressing sonnet. A bit of a turn in this one. We deal with a sad narrative in the first two quatrains. The "conflict stanza" brings us a shadow of hope. In the resolution couplet, we are dealt a mystery. What exactly happened? 

This was a tale of one of Arlene's high school friends. She fell in love with this marvelous guy, who would do anything for her. They got married. I don't know exactly what happened, but shortly after they were married the guy began to change. One night, there was a knock at the door. It was Arlene's friend. She had left her husband. She stayed with us a few days, before returning home to her parents. 
As I was putting this tale together, I reflected on others. We are all familiar with lovers who become strangers. Most happen in a longer period of time than this couple. Not all couples split up. but stay together. In some cases one or both partners cannot deal with leaving times behind. The stranger is a dream. As the word implies a "stranger" is a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar. In many ways this describes me and that wild guy I was in high school. Who was this stranger? Now that we have gone through this commentary, this was more than a depressing sonnet. 


To go with this edition, here's: Alicia Keys "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" 

From lovers to parent, we all deal with bedtime issues 


There is an urban legend going around that children laugh an average of 300 times a day and adults laugh 17 times a day. The facts seem to show adults laugh 17.5 times a day and it is unknown how many times a day children laugh. How does this misinformation get out there? Deva Dalporto may have stumbled on a clue. Story books tell us our children's bedtime should be "this way". But, as Deva points out, there is a vast difference between storybooks and reality. 
Maddening. Shear maddening. Is it any wonder how urban legends get started? "Bedtime: Fantasy vs Reality" 
(Well... there might be more to it than this) 

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Change is the law of life. 
And those who look only 
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are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

6 comments:

  1. Straight to the heart... Strong words these.

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  2. Wow!That poem was full of very strong emotion and triggered me a bit. I think most have felt this as a woman and maybe even men do. This is also very much in Friendships not just marriages. What happen to her friend after she returned home?

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    1. Thank you for your insight.
      She found another man, but never (as far as I know) remarried.

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  3. Whoa, methinks William would be quite impressed with your sonnet.

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