For a Good Night's Sleep



No phones in bed when you turn off the light.
You'll "check one last thing", and stay up all night.

Leave phones to charge across the room,
And then, at sunrise, like a spring flower you'll bloom!

No books in bed when they seem near the end.
"Just one more page" means, "all-nighter", my friend!

Close books before bed.  Finish when you wake up.
Otherwise, these lost hours, you'll never make up!

No worries in bed, if they're not yet resolved.
Into nightmares by morning, they will have evolved.

Look to him before bed, and say a few prayers.
Peace comes when you trust in "The Man Upstairs".

No anger in bed when your fury's still biting.
No rest occurs with a war to keep fighting.

Forgive before bed, and no need to count sheep.
Just close your eyes softly and drift off to sleep.

These words of advice will make bright the new day,
So heed my good counsel and then, hit the hay!

About this poem

So many things can keep us awake for hours. They don't have to.

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Written on May 02, 2023

Submitted by Laurelmlee on May 13, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AA BB CC DD EE FF GG HH II
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 891
Words 190
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2

Laurel M. Lee

When I was little, my grandfather had me believing I'd be a famous poet someday. Of course, life never turns out the way you plan, does it? Still, I do have a litle fun with it from time to time. This first contest submission of mine today is the first one I've written in several years, and I only wrote it because a friend's gift inspired me. I could never stick to the rules of the various poetry styles, but have always enjoyed the ones that rhyme. I've long been a fan of Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee" and John Masefield's "Sea Fever". Having been born in Alaska, I also love Robert Service's "Cremation of Sam McGee". I have a two teenagers and my husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary this year. more…

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