No Rest for the Wicked

Storm Approaching Paradise - Coral Island, Phu...

Storm Approaching Paradise – Coral Island, Phuket, Thailand (Photo credit: Captain Kimo)

Wrestling with restless pain or ache
of limb or head or toe

Tossed about on strange bed linen
cold duvet and pillow

Eyes that shut yet stay awake
flitting from friend to foe

Pricked conscience now aroused
where moral standards fell below

Storm clouds looming thick and dark
provoked by night-light glow

Evil lurking, self-hating
Temptation at the door

Clock ticking on the hour!
Elusive sleep’s almighty power
God summoned by then
His angels descend
bringing soft consoling cheer
rocking baby Jesus, near

Millicent Danker

3 March 2013

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