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November 30, 2006

If I Die Before I Wake — by Thomas Lux

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If I die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take
...
From a common enough
and nondenominational child's prayer.
Not too unlike a lullaby, it's a simple
pledge in verse before hitting
the dark night after night
and one line ringing
a few times in the mind: If I die
before I wake
. Oh, the generations
of insomniacs created,
the night-light industry booming!
But let's face it: prayer is good,
particularly for children.
They should understand some things
so they might appreciate
them. Like: the buzzards and the bees,
what those stone visors mean,
poking up, on lawns behind fences,
in rows, whitish dominoes...
They should know: it's a sleepy journey
to a half promised land
and you never wake at all.
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