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(2/9/1992 / Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria)

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Sleep of Sweetness

As you go to bed, may angels guard your head, may you sleep in a cherubim's hand, in dream, dwell in the seraphim's land, wake in peaceful ease, as heaven's sonorous hymn, offer you a sweet night dream.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 23, 2013

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As a child in an African Christian family, I was taught the importance and the role of the supernatural in natural events in which we partake such as sleeping. I was also taught of the wickedness of Man, and of the preference of man for the period of darkness and sleep to carry out his devilish works, both situations which are present during the period of sleep. Being a christian therefore, you are expected to pray for the protection of yourself, your family and your loved ones from the dangers of the night. As gloomy as the language of this story may be, the poem is actually the prayer of a boy for his lover who is not with him. The reason why the language seems to suggest that he is talking to the girl is because the poem is assuming the place of modern technology is relevant, and therefore he is most likely sending the prayer to the girl as a text message or praying for her during their call.

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