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When You Go To Sleep

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When You Go To Sleep

I dread the day when I get "the call"
When they tell me that you've gently slipped away
Well, at least I hope it will be gentle
As you close your eyes and say goodnight
Despite my fear of your imminent passing
My darling, you don't know the times I've prayed
And asked God to take you Home to Him
To come and rescue you from this hellish world
A world in which you've been imprisoned
Unable to walk or talk; your two greatest assets
Enslaved to the bonds of Alzheimer's disease
When you go to sleep, my love
Your spirit will soar to the highest heights
And there you'll be with our Father in Heaven
No more the feeling of indignity
Forget about forgetting!
You'll remember every glorious experience
And spend your time singing praises with the angels
You'll also get to meet our relatives
Who have gone to sleep before us
Our little son is waiting excitedly
To run and fling his arms around you!
He'll take you on a guided tour
Of the endless gardens and babbling brooks 
Flowing with life that will never cease
Pain will not be familiar with your name
Fatigue? Just a distant memory
Sickness and disease cannot touch you
And the prospect of death, you'll never know
You can wander around from country to country
Fulfilling your desire to travel the world
Then off you go and explore the stars
That light up the beauty of this earth
Examine the moon, planets and galaxies
Discover Daddy's handiwork
And witness first hand, the beginning of life
As the Big Bang is replayed
Please make sure to keep an eye on us here
Just to see that we're doing okay
Find out what your children are up to
And watch their kiddies turn into parents themselves
Of course, you'll be waiting for the day
When I come and join you for eternity
Until that day, I will always miss you
Thank you so much for coming into my life
Now, lie back, relax, and close your eyes
Go to sleep, my love, you have nothing to fear

Copyright © Diane Forth-Eglon

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  1. Date: 7/22/2012 10:38:00 PM
    great poem,,,,, I have said prayers for family and friends for their passing,,, To release them from the human prison,,,,,, very well done, have a blessed day Diane ;}

  1. Date: 3/9/2012 12:21:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Diane. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/5/2012 8:55:00 PM
    A touching heartfelt piece of poetry...Congratulations on the feature. Wish you the best in life, always.

  1. Date: 3/5/2012 6:24:00 PM
    Congrats Diane on this heartfelt write being featured.

  1. Date: 12/6/2011 12:11:00 PM
    Congrats on your featured poem this week Diane. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/12/2011 9:44:00 AM
    Touchy expressions, Diane

  1. Date: 8/12/2011 7:22:00 AM
    My wife and I are the caretakers for her father. In many ways he was a father to me also and a real man's man. It's sad to see what he's become and I understand your prayer. Tony