August 11, 2010

To Fall Asleep

Prompt from Poetic Asides: write a monotetra, a four-line stanza written in tetrameter with 8 syllables per line, each stanza consisting of rhyming lines, with the final line of each stanza repeating the same four syllables.

Stay in bed and turn off the light,
It's time to try to sleep tonight.
It's not easy, may not feel right-
Oh, stay and fight! Oh, stay and fight!

Thoughts and ideas dance in my mind;
Why is it so hard to unwind?
Why does my body seem resigned
To lag behind, to lag behind?

I lie awake and wish to sleep,
No more to see the clockhands creep
And time go by, and counting sheep
To fall asleep, to fall asleep.

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