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As I Lay Down to Sleep: Poem

Updated on June 16, 2018
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Anan Celeste is an online blogger and spiritual coach for over ten years.Now she hosts KFBTV podcast in Blogtalkradio.

Another day, another fight to keep myself alive.
In the corners of this room, my soul waits
to loose the tiredness of the day.
While I watch your face pass me by.

I am tired of raising my hands
and anchoring my feet.
To feel pain and never finding rest.
to this demon that ails me, yet another test.

The shower of memories and the scent of flowers
covering these walls and burning my skin.
When the angel comes to carry me,
to find peace, to take me home?

As I lay my head down to sleep
my heart skips a beat.
Covering my chest of questions and fears,
as in this shell, I acknowledge defeat.

The sun will be out soon,
and with it my pain and surrender.
This decaying body of imperfections that render me silent,
yet my voice gets trapped in this room as permanent.

I am sorry,It’s the time and hour
to go and find the rest of heaven.
I can't stay to share another cold Autumn.
To see you smile at the passing crowd and wonder.

How would it be to smile with you
another time in the distant future?
My hands need your hands
come, take me to sleep the eternal slumber.

Ananceleste ©



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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      A thought producer as all good writing is. Well done.

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      4 years ago

      This artclie went ahead and made my day.

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks Cracknutcase!


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      6 years ago from India,bangalore

      Profound and touching! Loved it.

      Thanks for sharing :)

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks Caseyjoe870.

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      6 years ago from Arkansas

      Great poem! Love the intensity

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you my friend!

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      6 years ago

      "The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason you held on so long." is poignant. Amazing poem...voted up!

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Ananceleste, The road was rough, but you climbed that mountain and you did not give in, bruised and battered but stronger. Your poem is in did powerful and in a way quite life-affirming. All the best to you and your family.

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      Anan Celeste 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you Karen, I know is very scary. I had my frist heart attack and stroke at 18, then 2 milder ones before I was 28. Take care sweetie.

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      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, very powerful. I can relate to the heart problem...I had a heart attack at 45 and it was so very scary.

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      Anan Celeste 

      7 years ago from California

      I wrote this poem in one of many stays at the hospital due to my heart problem, as I thought of my children. I had not seen them in days. I was so tired of being there.yet I was afraid of giving in to sleep and not waking up. Thank you guys!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      very well written ana :) up and awesome was my vote

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      This is a very deep poetic statement about the peacfulness of sleep and borders on eternal bliss. However, Perhaps the real heart of the story is to look inside and pull from your heart what it is that makes life hopeful. Sleep is a time of rest and renewal and my hope is that people would find this purpose when they lay down to slumber. You hub presents an interesting perspective on a relationship as well.

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      Greg Schweizer 

      7 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Ananceleste, Very heart felt and gut wrenching poem. I can feel the need to give in as I read. Beautifuly written. Greg


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