I’m in the mood for a poem today. Have you ever had one of these nights?

In the wee hours of the night
when the stars are shining bright.
It’s then I dream before daybreak
The kind that comes when you’re awake.

Four walls surround my lonely room
in the window shines the moon.
Memories encompass the state of my being
Oh, dark sky! Can morning you bring?

I think of things from days long past
All thoughts escaping, free at last.
Sleep stays locked in another place
Held captive somewhere within the frills and lace.

It’s trying to escape from its nightly cell
Trying to find me, I hear it’s yell.
To find me and bring release from awareness
To take me to a place of love and caresses.

Sleep come find me, here I wait
Can’t you see it’s 4:08?
Rest upon me as I lie
Blanket me with your lullaby.

The outside sky is turning gray
It’s the beginning of a new day.
Just a few hours is all I ask
Is it such a burdensome task?

Just a few hours of restful sleep
So tomorrow’s reward I’ll be able to reap.
To give myself to the world that awaits
Please give me rest from this long night’s fate!

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel