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‘Round Bedtime (A Villanelle for My Daughter)

When will sleep subdue this noisy cub?

It’s 10 p.m., but still she wants to take

her seventy-one-piece tea set in the tub.

This is what she wants, and here’s the rub:

Until she’s all played out she’ll stay awake.

Oh when will sleep subdue this noisy cub?

She’ll scream if I (before that final glub

of water down the drain) should undertake

to lift her precious tea set from the tub.

She’s belting out a tuneless rub-a-dub–

the tiles echo till my eardrums ache.

Oh when will sleep subdue this noisy cub?

I might assuage my dolor at the pub,

but cannot here shake off the urge to break

her seventy-one-piece tea set in the tub.

She’s out now, but she cries for frosted flakes.

The bathroom floor’s an unnamed little lake.

Oh when will sleep subdue this noisy cub?

I fish her floating tea things from the tub.

Tim J. Myers is the author of Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood, published by Familius

 

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