Nightie-Night


It’s time to tell you nightie-night,
No more tales and lullabies.
Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.

Sandman will win, no use to fight,
So hug my neck and close your eyes.
It’s time to tell you nightie-night.

It’s time for me to dim your light.
Now dream of chocolate cake and pies.
Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

You’re such a cuddly little sight.
Now hush your giggling and sighs.
It’s time to tell you nightie-night.

Now let me tuck you nice and tight.
I’ll wake you when it’s time to rise.
Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

You’re fighting sleep with all your might.
The sun goes down as daylight dies.
It’s time to tell you nightie-night,
Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

The Villanelle, possibly one of the most difficult forms of poetry, was invented in 16th century France. It contains nineteen lines and employs a specific rhyme scheme; aba aba aba aba aba abaa. The first and third lines are repeated throughout the poem. The six verses are set up as follows. It’s fun; try one yourself.

Refrain 1 (a)
Line 2 (b)
Refrain 2 (a)

Line 4 (a)
Line 5 (b)
Refrain 1 (a)

Line 7 (a)
Line 8 (b)
Refrain 2 (a)

Line 10 (a)
Line 11 (b)
Refrain 1 (a)

Line 13 (a)
Line 14 (b)
Refrain 2 (a)

Line 16 (a)
Line 17 (b)
Refrain 1 (a)
Refrain 2 (a)