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When You Can’t Sleep · 26 May 2018


Lullaby
by François Nicholas Riss
This work is in
the public domain.


What do you do when you just can’t sleep?
Do you try to settle down and not make a peep?
Do you toss and turn to try to settle in?
Or do you try to breathe softly out and in?
Do you open your eyes and lie in wonder?
Or do you shut them tight against the thunder?
Do you listen to the sound of the wind a howlin’?
Or do you get up and satisfy that stomach growlin’?

What do you do when you just can’t sleep?
Do you close your eyes and think of Little Bo Peep?
Do you count and wonder if you lost your sheep?
Or do you lie and stew about not getting any sleep?
Do you close your eyes to create a dream?
One where you’re eating peaches and cream?
Do you think of yourself as a superstar?
Or do you dream of driving in your own race car?

What do you do when you just can’t sleep?
Do you go fishin’ in the ocean deep?
Do you ride around the world in a supersonic jet?
Or do you think about somebody that you just met?
Do you open your eyes to look up at the moon?
Or do you sail above the earth in a hot air balloon?
Do you dream of going on a shopping spree?
Or do you say a prayer for your family?

What do you do when you just can’t sleep?
Do you go diving in the ocean deep?
Do you see creatures no one ever saw before?
Or do you wonder why your back is always sore?
Do you think of the things that you might invent?
Or are you with life oh so content?
Do you dream of surfing on the perfect wave?
Or do you ask the Lord your soul to save?

What do I do when I just can’t sleep?
I pray that the Lord my soul will keep.

© 2018 Michael T. Miyoshi

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