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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

When dread sweeps over the world
Shrill as a lonely wind
Yet soft is the pillow beneath my head
Crisp and cool is the linen sheet
Ample and soft the generous bed
Instead of the act of counting sheep
I count the ones who trudge the night
Who shiver with fear in weary flight
While those who sit so eagerly 
Smug in excuse of philanthropy

What consequence lie the victory?
Seeming surprised that when a limping peace
Returns only fragments of a nation's youth war 

Do they turn their heads, for second look?
Those who stand erect in patriotic pride
Forgetful that it was not they who lost or died?

When dread sweeps over the world tonight
Bleak as a wind in the desperate fight
As I lay myself down to go to sleep
I pray for young souls who now lay dead
And pray for souls that trudge the night
And all the brave who fight the fight
Now I lay me down to sleep
And last I pray for those who weep...


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  1. Date: 4/26/2011 6:53:00 AM
    fascinating write with much pathos, carrie. …goody cheers to you for the special win :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 4/24/2011 5:25:00 AM
    Many congratulations Carrie on your win in Miranda's fine contest with this hearfelt family poem. Happy Easter to you and your family....:)

  1. Date: 4/22/2011 11:29:00 AM
    Great to see you in the winner's circle Carrie. Congratulations on your worthy poem's place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 3:48:00 PM
    Congratulations on your deserving win in the contest, Carrie. Sending you joyful Easter wishes. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 1:59:00 PM
    Congratulations on the tenth place win in the contest, Carrie

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 12:04:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 8:19:00 AM
    Congrats Carrie on your sensational win in Miranda's contest with this illustrious account in poetry of the Vietnam War ... enjoy another top ten win with luv..

  1. Date: 8/17/2009 4:27:00 AM
    this is amazing. bless your talent and your prayer "for those who weep..." thank you for your congratulations and comments. Tamra

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 3:51:00 PM
    Nice and heartfelt poem Carrie. congratulations on your hm. Joyce

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 3:03:00 PM
    Beautifully done, Carrie. This prayer is far more fiting in this context than it is for little children ... "if I should die before I wake" was sheer child abuse ... smile ... congratulations on your win in Debra's contest.

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 8:15:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Deborah's contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 6:21:00 AM
    Congratulations on your HM. TL

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 1:46:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in Debbie's contest Carrie.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 4:47:00 PM
    Ahemm....another win? : ) You're a constant winner, my dear Carrie! Congratulations. Ruben.

  1. Date: 7/19/2009 8:15:00 PM
    Thank-you for remembering the verterans, who didn't have a choice, and for the tears of rememberance for my friends who never got the chance to come home- Bless you Dear Carrie- Love, poet butterfly

  1. Date: 7/19/2009 3:00:00 PM
    ~ But, those are just my humbled and personal thoughts....And, this is "Your Magnificent Poem, And, It Is Extremely Stirring, To The Core of Ones Very Deepest Soul!!!":):) ~ "One of 'Your' Very Best, Beautiful Carrie Richards" ~ "My Love & Warmth Always & Forever, To 'You & Your Loves,' Until The Ends of Time, John!!!" ~ "Have A Very Beautiful Evening Dear Gifted Lady," Bye ~

  1. Date: 7/19/2009 2:52:00 PM
    ~ I have often considered, how would it be that I would wish to die; if, I ever had such a choice!!? It would not be young! Yet if it had to be; then it would be for anothers life; no matter what age I were!!? And "Beautiful Carrie," I love "Your" repeated reference towards prayer here; for I have always believed, that prayer, is one of the greatest things that a life could ever do, for themselves and others!!!?:):) ~ Cont. ~

  1. Date: 7/19/2009 2:47:00 PM
    ~ "When dread sweeps over the world - Bleak as a wind in the night - As I lay me down to sleep - I pray for young souls who now lay dead - And pray for souls that trudge the night - And all the brave who fight the fight - now I lay me down to sleep - And last I pray for those who weep..." ~ First I would like to say, that this is very sincere, somber, profound, beautifully written and deep!!!:):) ~ Cont. ~

  1. Date: 7/15/2009 4:36:00 PM
    touched me deep--charma

  1. Date: 7/15/2009 9:53:00 AM
    A wonderful and powerful display of verses here Carrie, that shows your heart. Sad, yet well delivered. Good luck in the contest! Thank you for your kind comments, always appreciated.