Sleep beckons, and I resist
Just a little longer
Finally, I can keep them open no longer
And my eyelids droop

But I will not sleep
Not yet, not quite yet
My body is asleep, bar essential services
But I can't let you leave like this
And so I lay, still, frozen
Trying to convey to you the words I can't get out
Then I feel your hand
In mine, pressing, barely
Mentally I smile, for I cannot move my lips
And I squeeze back, barely
At least, I think I do

Good night, my precious one

For you who will always remain precious to me, even though we may never share the same bed. You know who you are :-)