When I Can’t Go to Sleep at Night

By Terri Winder

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    When I can’t go to sleep at night,

    I shut my eyes, then squeeze them tight.

    I roll up in a little ball

    Until I’m hardly there at all.

    I put my pillow on my head

    Or stretch out sideways on my bed.

    I let my arms fall to the floor,

    And then I count to ninety-four.

    My mom would surely have a fright

    If she came in to check some night

    And found my feet where head should be.

    I bet she would uncover me,

    Turn me ‘round and tuck me in,

    Then pull the covers to my chin.

    She would make sure that I’m all right

    When I can’t go to sleep at night.

    Illustrated by Shauna Mooney

    Photography by Jed Clark