Cure for Insomnia

Some night perhaps you’ll find
Your eyes won’t close in sleep.
Here is one thing you can do
Instead of counting sheep:

Just make a mental list
Of things you like the best–
A kitten’s fur, Brahm’s “Lullaby”,
Spring wind on some hill’s crest;

Yellow butter, freshly churned,
Love story on a rainy day,
Red roses, and a robin’s song,
Remembered scent of clover hay.

Your little list will grow and grow–
And here I give you warning–
Before you know you’ve slept at all,
You’ll wake to find it morning.

February 18, 1940


This tip is shared at Works-for-Me Wednesday.