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Why When We Sleep Do We Close Out the Dark?

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Why When We Sleep Do We Close Out the Dark?

Why when we sleep do we close out the darkness,
Which comes creeping and crawling within?
Still it finds it's way into our conscious,
Which fades as the daylight grows dim.

We close ourselves off from the nighttime,
Behind curtains, blinds, shutters and screens,
As we try to forget the day's time-line,
And surrender ourselves to our dreams.

Surely nighttime is perfect for sleeping,
When it's dark outside and in our heads,
As slowly that dream-state comes creeping,
While we're tucked up at home in our beds.

It should be the daytime we close out,
We can't sleep while we're facing the light,
Since surely the sun leaves a dream-drought,
So the best time to sleep is at night.

So for all who rise late in the daytime,
And for those who will rise with the lark,
The question I leave you in this rhyme;
Why when we sleep do we close out the dark?

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  1. Date: 10/9/2009 10:36:00 AM
    i LOVE this absolutly!! --Raiin Keetly

  1. Date: 9/29/2009 7:48:00 PM
    Simon, kudos on this selected poem going through the finals! Ruben.

  1. Date: 9/29/2009 11:50:00 AM
    Simon, congratulations on making the first round of the contest...Raul

  1. Date: 9/29/2009 11:22:00 AM
    Simon, congratulations on having this poem featured this week! Ruben.

  1. Date: 9/28/2009 3:17:00 PM
    Wow! This is a thinking poem. Very good! I think I'm still frowning with this one, in a good way!

  1. Date: 9/26/2009 6:43:00 PM
    Probably goes back to the cave days, Simon ... smile ... our dna is filled with stuff that doesn't make sense anymore ... LOL ... excellent writing here and a well-deserved selection to be a feature this week here at the Soup! Congratulations !!

  1. Date: 9/25/2009 4:32:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week >> James

  1. Date: 9/25/2009 2:00:00 PM
    PS: Congratulations on making it through the first round in the contest. Good luck in the finals! Karen

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 1:40:00 PM
    Interesting question to ponder. Nice use of rhyme in your poem. Congratulations on having it featured. Wishing you ongoing success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 11:44:00 AM
    Simon, congrats on being featured this week...Raul

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 10:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem making it through the first round.Wishing you the best in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 9:34:00 AM
    This is the best most orginal Ive read in years . I wish i had come up with the idea myself Simon I have never read your work befor but i look forward to reading it now honest theres not enough good things that i can say about thisw poem congrats on your feature its so very desserved

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 6:33:00 AM
    Dear Simon, Congatulations on this well derserved feature of the week. Lainie

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 4:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Simon. Love, Carol