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Help, I cant find sleep

Help! I can’t find sleep.

 

Tired eyes and aching limbs

A mind that seeks a rest,

It’s time to put my jarmies on

And don’t forget my vest!

 

As I switch off all the plugs

And check around of me,

Curiously I come to find

That sleep is trying to flee.

 

“Wait there just a minute!” I yell

Catching him by the toe,

“Just where do you think you’re off to?”

And “No, I won’t let you go!”

 

He struggles and he squirms

Stillness his enemy,

“Fine!” at last I agree,

“We’ll have just one more tea”.

 

Kettle boiled, tea is brewed

From steaming cup I drink,

But hang on just a minute

Now there’s time to think.

 

Days gone by, times of past

All come into my mind,

Whatever will my future be

And will it be unkind?

 

Sleep you’ve done it once again

You’ve taken peace from me,

You really are a naughty thief

Stealing all tranquillity.

 

Heading for the chocolate draw

The obvious place to go,

And before you ask to share with me

The answer is just “no!”

 

Comfort in my happy place

Is edibly soon found,

Though tired eyes I cannot hold

I really need sleep around.

 

Apologising reluctantly

For being mean to him,

“Would you like a cup of tea,

Or maybe even Gin?”

 

Now sleep has had his wicked way

He’s got me in his hand,

For I would now do anything

To nod off in dream land.

 

“Please sleep” I beg of him

“We’ve done chocolate and tea,

Can we not just now agree

It’s time for bed” I plea.

 

Then I notice with despair

Out of reach he’s climbed,

How did he manage to escape,

Have I lost my mind?

 

“Sleep I emplore you,

Please come back to me”

Tired eyes, bags and wrinkles

Don’t look good you see.

 

Up again I search the house

Look everywhere I can think,

“Sleep why can’t I find you?”

Tears now on the brink.

 

Finally “It’s no use” I say

Climb into bed I decide,

I really am good company

I’ve no idea why you hide

 

I toss and turn and close my eyes

Tight, stuck as if by glue,

You really are a tiresome pest

“Sleep! Where are you?”

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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