Can’t Sleep

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From the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups

I’m battling insomnia.
I cannot get to sleep
despite a rather valiant
attempt at counting sheep.

I counted to a hundred.
Then I had a glass of milk.
I fluffed my little pillow
in its pillowcase of silk.

I made a pot of herbal tea
and drank at least a cup.
I sang myself a lullaby
and pulled my blankie up.

I plugged my ears with cotton balls.
I covered up my eyes.
I took relaxing breaths
and did a stretching exercise.

I’ve tried and tried to get to sleep
but just can’t find a way.
It’s looking like I’ll have to
stay awake in class today.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 3

Topics: School Poems, Sleep

Poetic Techniques: Irony, List Poems, Lyric & Dramatic Poems


From the Book My Hippo Has the Hiccups

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