Wednesday, October 5, 2016

To Get this Girl to Fall Asleep

To get this girl to fall asleep -
this toddler always anxious for adventure -
I have to enter the dream-world with her.

Mostly, I lay down by her side
and intentionally breathe slowly,
pretending to be asleep
to lull her there herself
(though sometimes I get caught in my own snare).

But if I never nod off 
then slowly stand to sneak away,
she detects me
and cries.

I think it's not so much that her physical self
senses my departure
but more that her dream self
knows she never saw me.

So I must lay down again,
and this time, so she can rest assured,
she hooks my head with her arm
and presses her nose up against mine
till the tempting tendrils of sleep
creep around me, pinning me with her,
allowing my mind to enter her dream.

We must play some dream-game together
long enough for her to then drift away
on her own independent spree,
leaving me,
if I have the will,
to stand and shuffle to my own bed,
knowing that,
at approximately 2:36 am,
I will be back
at her beck and wail
to get some dream-ball
off some dream-shelf,
hoping that her leg - now on her pillow -
doesn't mistakenly punt my face.


  1. Ahh, what a descriptive talent you have... I've been there and done that (many times:) but never could have expressed it as well as you have. Keep up the good work, my son, my son. I love you, MOM

  2. Thanks! Kim has been shouldering the brunt of this labor recently. It's a fun mix of fond and funny memories thought they are frustrating at the time.