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Can I Sleep?

May 8, 2019
By Amehja GOLD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Amehja GOLD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning." ~ Mark Twain


Can I sleep?

That all depends

On how many sheep

There are to count

 

One, two, three

Oh look!

A bee!

Buzzing oh so beautifully

 

When will fatigue grasp me?

That all depends

On if tomorrow's busy

There are this many things to do:

 

This, that, and the third

Oh look!

A bird!

Singing oh so softly

 

When will my eyes be heavy?

That all depends

On if my brain is steady

There are infinite day-dreams to explore

Tonight

 

Ifs, ands, and buts fly all about

Oh look!

See the bobcat shout!

Roaring oh so sharply

 

When will this night be late enough?

That all depends

On nightly stuff

There is only me in this bed

 

If only it were not for my very active head

Perhaps the Z's

Would have caught me instead

Of running away with the bee, the bird, and the bobcat

 

In any case

There's no time more to waste

I expend no such haste

Exploring all the realms my mind can taste


The author's comments:

Written during a very long night...


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