My cousin’s big sleepover party was near
i couldn’t contain my excitement or fear
it was very new, yes quite new just for me
i’d never been over to sleep in such glee
i’d never been there to just settle in bed
the stories, the movies and games in my head
i couldn’t believe it, i couldn’t calm down
this day was the biggest, i felt i might drown.
Then finally it happened, i packed up my bag
my spirit was soaring, it would never sag
for once i arrived on the doorstep right there
i felt i would burst and explode everywhere
my cousin was thrilled and she hugged me so tight
and promised this would be our most special night.
So, on we got to it and didn’t waste time
we played, had our pizza and before bedtime
we watched our own movie with popcorn galore
i was so excited for still so much more
then pjs and teeth brushing followed it all
and good night farewells to the grown-ups we’d call.
We jumped into bed with the low lamplight on
and laughed with the funniest questions til dawn.
her eyes got quite sleepy, her head wanted rest
i tickled her, told crazy jokes, did my best
but sleep came and took her, it knocked her right out
and that’s when i started to fuss and to pout.
The night wasn’t over, there was much to do
i hadn’t told three scary stories i knew
i hadn’t made shadows of bunnies about
i hadn’t done more things, i wanted to shout
it can’t be the end, no it just cannot now
i so am not ready to take final bow
i so want to play and still giggle real loud
i need her attention, she must be my crowd.
But… yawning it started, i had to be strong
i thought i could sing a bright fun loving song
but words were beginning to slur in my mouth
my head got so heavy, it leaned there toward south
“okay, just a quick nap, i won’t sleep away
the fun, all the silliness and night time play
my eyes i will close for a minute or two
and then back to party time for me and you.”
But next when i opened them sunlight was bright
i couldn’t believe it was no longer night
i couldn’t believe it was time to awake
the sleepover ended, oh, my heart did break
but promises made, my dear cousin did share
that next time we’ll do our own nails, toes and hair
that next time will be so much better than last
we’ll laugh all night long and continue our blast.
So after my waffles with whip cream and juice
i packed up my bag and made up no excuse
i wasn’t real mad, neither did i protest
for this special time was amazing and blessed
i hugged my dear cousin and waved my goodbye
forgot that i left my dear teddy bear Sye
and then i forgot to say bye to her cat
and then i remembered to promise to chat
i said bye again and was almost outside
when both of us smiled, then both of us cried
we hugged really tight and squeezed each other’s hands
then i emailed later with next time’s demands.
Paula Antonello Moore, Poetry. Copyright: Monday, January 18, 2015
Top Photo: Bedtime buddies by Me.
Middle Photo: Waffles from Strawberry Sue.