Creativity is a brat at bedtime!

For all of those endless early-morning hours

of late-night t.v.

and Oreos and milk

barely feed his crib-rocking fever.

No sucker for a lullaby,

this little one locks strong legs

and steely will

against your efforts to sing him to sleep.

Only when he sees you pick up paper and pen

and sigh

because you’ve given in,

does this tiny tyrant slumber, satisfied,

knowing he’s won, again.

** Kim Kathleen Terry **


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