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Asleep At Last
A man in a hospital bed is having difficulty falling asleep, but he soon will...

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Richard Koss
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Asleep At Last
Richard Koss

If only I could fall asleep
and still my bodyís restless yearning.
If only I could fall asleep
to put and end to all this burning.

My mouth is parched, my skin so dry
with tubes and hoses up my nose.
Sometimes I think, just let me die,
Iíve had my share of highs and lows.

My eyes are tired, I keep them shut
and listen to the voices talking.
They say Iíve just been in a rut,
It wonít be long till Iíll be walking.

I hear some laughter from my friends
but canít quite make out what theyíre saying.
Iím glad I made a few amends,
now maybe I should do some praying.

The nurse now asks my friends to leave.
She has a needle, long and shining.
And tells me how I must believe
that somewhere, thereís a silver lining.

Asleep at last, I do not yearn.
I breathe so free without the hoses.
I feel no pain, I do not burn.
And as I dream, a casket closes.



"Rich - Thanks for my review so I checked this out as you suggested. I like it. I can see the similarity and the we are on a similar wavelength. I will pour through your other work. Thanks gain" -- Neil, UK.


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