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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 in fragments a nation's youth  

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: 4/26/2015 11:08:00 AM
    Hi Carrie.. I enjoyed reading your fabulous write "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" today.. Congratulations on your first place win in Cyndi's contest!

  1. Date: 4/18/2015 6:29:00 PM
    Carrie, it was nice seeing Cyndi's "I CAN'T BREATHE, generous list." Hope you enjoyed the showcase of this powerful contest theme, thank you for sharing the message. XOX ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 4/16/2015 4:33:00 PM
    What else can I say about you and your poetry, I think I have said it all ... but still ... Every time I visit your poems I need to say something: thank you, Carrie. Thanks for sharing your gift. It's a Fav! "While those who sit so eagerly/smug in excuse of philanthropy"!! Awesome message! (I'm using this new account because I can't log in into my regular one).

  1. Date: 4/16/2015 9:30:00 AM
    very moving poem Carrie congrats on win hugs 7

  1. Date: 4/16/2015 6:55:00 AM
    Carrie, the last couplet...a tear for all.

  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