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Lullaby for a Crying Baby

by Barry Louis Polisar

Go to sleep my little baby,
Grab your blanket and your bear,
Stop your crying, stop your sobbing,
When you wake up, I'll be there.

You've been screaming for an hour.
When will you run out of steam?
Your tears are running down your pillow,
Flowing towards me like a stream.

The books say you should soon be sleepy,
I've done the things they said to do;
I've rocked you in the rocking chair
I've stroked your cheek and cuddled you.

I've changed your diaper, burped you twice,
You drank your bottle, then had more.
I've sung you lullabyes and held you
'Til my arms and throat were sore.

You keep crying, you keep screaming;
The next door neighbor wants to know
If I am sawing you in quarters
In the basement down below.

Go to sleep my little baby,
Grab your blanket and your bear
Stop your crying, stop your sobbing,
When you wake up, I'll be there.

Copyright by Barry Louis Polisar



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