Keep me from going to sleep too soon
        Or if I go to sleep too soon
        Come wake me up. Come any hour
        Of night. Come whistling up the road.
        Stomp on the porch. Bang on the door.
        Make me get out of bed and come
        And let you in and light a light.
        Tell me the northern lights are on
        And make me look. Or tell me clouds
        Are doing something to the moon
        They never did before, and show me.
        See that I see. Talk to me till
        I'm half as wide awake as you
        And start to dress wondering why
        I ever went to bed at all.
        Tell me the walking is superb.
        Not only tell me but persuade me.
        You know I'm not too hard persuaded.
                                --Robert Francis

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