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As virtuous nights pass mildly away
And whisper to the torpid, “go,”
Whilst deep in sleep, they'd wish to stay,
Some might say “fine,” though I say “no.”

So let the dreadful buzzing noise,
Continue as I shall not move,
But to hit 'snooze' as it annoys,
And lay upon these sheets with love.

We toss and turn and summon fears,
(We reckon what we did, or meant,)
They pierce the mind, barbaric spears,
Yet as we sleep, we're innocent.

Sub-solar morning lovers love
Their coffee, and they won't admit
The pain it caused them to remove
Their covers, they lamented it.

But we, by night, so much refined,
Know just what slumber's beauty is.
Ah! Restoration of the mind,
That would I wake now, sooth, I'd miss.

I shall not wake 'fore noon and one,
And likely I'll be sleeping yet,
My eyes won't breach an expansion;
Of this sweet rest that can't be beat.

If it is two, it is two, so,
Perhaps I can be roused at two.
Now to the world my face I'll show,
My nine hours nap will have to do.

So, finally, up in bed I'll sit,
I guess I have to work and roam.
I hearken not the lark for it
No longer trespasses my home

So wake in morning if you must,
And through the rat race run and run.
Go have your fun at will, but just
Don't wake me till the day's begun!

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The following comments are for "A Valediction Forbidding Morning"
by sixstrungout

Cool poem. I went back to this one because it stuck in my mind - nice. Made me smile.:) I do think it's interesting that younger people require so much more sleep than we old folks but it is a sweet respite no matter how long we are wrapped in hypnos' seductive grip. Maybe its because old guy's hard drives are just about full up.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: April 1, 2009 )

Parody of John Donne
I've always been a big fan of parodies, and yours is no exception. I read John Donne's original when I was a senior in high school, but even I probably would have never thought to twist it humorously. Great job!


( Posted by: ArsPoet2789ica [Member] On: April 2, 2009 )

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