Now I Lay Me...

As I lay me down to sleep
I pray the lord my soul to keep
and if I die before I wake
I pray the lord my soul to take.

every night, as the blankets
were pulled up to her eyes
the stuffed animal army
protecting her from the
whisper
of those words

words, words
she didn't understand yet
take me
where? 
keep me
where? 
they were just words

as her bed grew too short
and the army was looking
a little worse for wear
the whispering stopped
but the ideas caressed
her brain
take me
please
keep me
please
please

as the outside
began to look like the inside
and the thoughts of
being taken before she woke
were almost as fantastic
as the fact that she flew last weekend
she flew so close to the stars
that she keeps a tiny asteroid
in her pocket

god didn't matter
because she could fly
and who doesn't want to fly?
and where would they keep her?
her skin was fire and her fingers
turned ice into gold

every night the blankets
are pulled up to her eyes
there is no army anymore
just a prayer and some memories

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the lord my soul to keep
and if I die before I wake
I pray the lord my soul to take