Goodnight

With apologies to Claudette, whose poem [excuse me; lullaby!}re sleep brought to mind a couple or six I wrote a decade or three ago.  So here they are:
Merrin may remember the circumstances that brought forth the first two.

RING! RING!
Unless the matter’s urgent
Never ring me after nine!
Perhaps you haven’t been asleep,
But I am very, very deep, in mine!
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FAIR EXCHANGE
At nine-fifty you woke me;
To ask my opinion
On feeding wombats.

At eleven-fifty I felt like calling;
To ask your advice
On insomnia!

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THE NIGHT
Sleep!
Where are you?
When I have longed
for you these hours,
why have you eluded me?
My need is real;
Yet you
have denied me
the balm
of your presence!
Come;
I will court you
in earnest
pursuit
if you will but finally
accede to my pleas!
Nay!
Your pitiless answer
echoes and re-echoes
through my
dreamless mind;
in rolls
of unrelieved
darkness.
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NIGHT TIME
My body pleads, “Sleep!”
My mind shrieks, “Think!”
My heart wails, “Weep!”
My spirit whispers, “Pray!”
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ROCK-A-BYE
Hush my pet, and let me sleep!
Don’t you know it’s time to keep
Eyes closed tight in sweet repose,
With lashes soft on cheeks of rose?
Shall I rock you one more time
Until you feel that you are mine,
And know that as the stars above
So shines my heart, for you, with love?
Softly now you drift away
To dream yourself to another day,
I now lay me down my care,
And in gratitude, your slumber share.
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{PS Sorry for the overload folks! But that ought to have helped the deprived to be “knocked out” or “lulled off” -maybe with boredom- by now! Y.A..AW..N..ZZZZZ