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Sweet Dreams

Story ID:6820
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1900
Person:Sleep Walking Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

After my Mom tucked me abed
After I asked the Lord my soul to keep
Dreaming all those strange dreams
I walked in my sleep.

I walked down the stairs
Through the kitchen out the back
Only woke up when
My bare feet touched the snow, thatís a fact.

When I went into the Army
I continued walking in my sleep
Past the stoves and rifle racks
Only awoke when my feet hit the cold concrete.

I wondered if I would walk
While overseas
In the night
This the enemy, I knew would please.

I visited an Army Psyco. Doc.
To see if he could find a cure
Put my mind at ease
Save my life, thatís for sure.

He put me in a hypnotic state
Planted in my mind
Hanging on the side of a mountain
In a bed fastened on by twine

In a sleeping bag
And if I walked in my sleep
Iíd suffer the consequences of
Falling a thousand feet

Since then when I retire
And count sheep
I know Iíve been cured of
Walking in my sleep.

I donít walk in my sleep anymore
But I have terrible nightmares
Of that twine breaking
And falling, falling through the air

Just before I hit the ground
I awake with a start
Even though I know itís a dream
Takes time to slow the rate of my fast beating heart

Iím looking for that Army Psyco. Dr.
To rid me of this curse
Let me again walk in my sleep
This falling dream is so much worse.
Monte L. Manka 02-13-11