It was the year 1964 that I came across this extract from a poem by Robert Frost.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

This was a poem that Jawaharlal Nehru apparently kept by his bedside to motivate himself. This was published as part of the various obituaries that came up because on Wednesday the 27th of May 1964 he died. I will never forget the date nor the day because on that day and the two days following I got stuck in Pondichery without being able to get out and return to my base Madras and in the process lost a great deal of money on some futures on which I had a position. With JN’s death the prices fell and I was unable to get out with minimum losses. I gave up trading on futures on that day and how can one forget such an eventful day?

So, sleep, Robert Frost, Jawaharlal Nehru, Futures Trading, and being stuck in Pondichery all combined together, makes for a potent combination for memory recall for me.

And as it often happens and to use a word that annoys some of my readers, synchronicity strikes again after all these decades.

This topic was suggested by me to the LBC some time last year when I was going through some sleepless nights due to an ailment which resolved itself after bugging me for a couple of weeks. As I write this, I am again having some problems with sleep due to not being able to sleep on my right side, which is my preferred position, due to a torn shoulder ligament. I will be going to the Orthopedist on Monday when a call on whether to go in for a MRI scan will be taken to decide further course of treatment. For the moment I am under anit inflammatory medication which shows some improvement. But sleep is still fitful and unsatisfactory because, normally I do not have any problems with my sleep. I look forward to getting back to normal so that I can sleep like that again.

And I hope that I will travel many miles before I sleep the final sleep.

This topic was suggested by me for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently eight of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaLin, Maxi, PadmumShackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too! Even I am late posting this week due to completely unavoidable circumstances. My apologies.

24 thoughts on “Sleep.”

  1. My sleep patterns have become totally erratic and I’ve given up trying to regulate them. If I wake up at 4am or 5am, I just make myself some tea, read a book and hopefully doze off again for a while. As long as I can still function okay during the day, the lack of sleep doesn’t really matter.
    nick recently posted..Emotional gremlins

  2. i always enjoy your contribution to Friday’s consortium.
    i’m sorry about your shoulder. and welcome to my world.
    i will be following your progress with great interest.
    as you know an MRI showed that i had torn the rotator cuff in two places last year in my left shoulder. they wouldn’t do surgery until the malignant blood pressure was under control enough to do it. well… that took so long … and it started feeling better some… at least enough to tolerate … that i later decided NOT to have surgery at all. then…
    a few weeks ago i somehow managed to re-injure it. is that even a word? reinjure? anyway… i’m once again just letting it heal on its own.
    i do some light exercises with it so it won’t freeze. but i’ll follow your own progress and see what your doctors say. i hope it’s not surgery!
    and… rummy. i’m so glad you’re back. i missed your posts!
    had to play catch up this morning. smiling the whole time.
    tammy j recently posted..the poem

  3. Don’t take a return to sound sleep for granted. Pain, recovery, learning a new and unfavored sleep position will all take their toll. I think this is part of my problem, as well, but it has been four YEARS…
    Holly Jahangiri recently posted..Sleep

    1. I have had my consultation now and you are right. It will take a few more weeks of exercise and ice pack/gel application before it will get back to normal. At least surgery has ruled out!

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