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The Parents' Poem



Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray my sanity to keep.

For if some peace I do not find,

I'm pretty sure I'll lose my mind.


I pray I find a little quiet

Far from the daily family riot

May I lie back--not have to think

about what they're stuffing down the sink,

or who they're with, or where they're at

and what they're doing to the cat.


I pray for time all to myself

(did something just fall off a shelf?)


To cuddle in my nice, soft bed

(Oh no, another goldfish--dead!)


Some silent moments for goodness sake

(Did I just hear a window break?)


And that I need not cook or clean--

(well heck, I've got the right to dream)


Yes now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray my wits about me keep,

But as I look around I know--

I must have lost them long ago!



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