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Go to sleep
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This poem came about after struggling to get my one-year-old daughter to sleep in her cot. I believe it conveys the frustration a mother has when trying to teach a lesson at the same time as being challenged by maternal instinct, and tiredness.

A child is sweet yet can be so much hard work.

The omission of punctuation in the last stanza is deliberate to help portray the building confusion and frustration that comes with tiredness.

by Laura Hargreaves

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