The Four Year Old's Bedtime Lament


I cannot go to sleep tonight

The sun is still up in the sky

My sister had more pie than I

My fingernail is scratchy.


I have to pee.

I have to sneeze.

May I have a cup of water please?

I need a bandaid on my knee!

I heard a doggy barking!


I don't care that I didn't nap,

Or screamed when I took off my hat

I've yawned for an hour and a half

But I PROMISE I'm not sleepy!


Another song? Another book?

One with pictures! Let me look!

Not THAT one, the one that I took

and left at Grandma's house!


I hit my head! I hit my butt!

Look! My thumb has got a cut!

The door made a sound when it shut!

Don't leave the room! Don't leave me!


I see a bug!

I see the sky!

I have an eyelash in my eye!

If you don't sit right there I'll cry!

Just look at me- I'm weepy!


Don't lean on that,

Don't sing THAT song!

You're doing all the voices wrong!

My parts are short! Now make them long!

I don't want you to be angry.


Just one more hug,

one more big kiss.

Here on my nose- that time you missed.

Teddy goes right here, like this,

Goodnight, sleepy mommy.


I'll hum a song,

I'll whisper, "hush,"

I won't open my eyes up, much.

My teddy bear I'll gently touch

and nestle in my pillow.


The sun is gone,

the fan blades whirr

Here in my bed I gently purr

With little hands and growing feet

At last, your three year old's asleep.


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