Shel Silverstein

The Nap Taker

No - I did not take a nap - The nap - took - me off the bed and out the window far beyond the sea, to a land where sleepy heads read only comic books and lock their naps in iron safes so that they can't get took. And soon as I came to that land, I also came to grief. The people pointed at me, shouting, 'Where's the nap, you thief?' They took me to the courthouse. The judge put on his cap. He said, 'My child, you are on trial for taking someone's nap. 'Yes, all you selfish children, you think just of yourselves and don't care if the nap you take belongs to someone else. It happens that the nap you took without a thought or care belongs to Bonnie Bowlingbrook, who's sittin' cryin' there. 'She hasn't slept in quite some time - just see her eyelids flap. She's tired drowsy - cranky too, 'cause guess who took her nap?' The jury cried, 'You're guilty, yes, you're guilty as can be. But just return the nap you took And we might set you free.' 'I did not take that nap,' I cried, 'I give my solemn vow, and if I took it by mistake I do not have it now.' 'Oh fiddle-fudge,' cried out the judge, your record looks quite sour. Last night I see you stole a kiss, Last week you took a shower, 'You beat your eggs, you've whipped your cream, at work you punched the clock, You've even killed an hour or two, we've heard you darn your socks. We know you shot a basketball, you've stolen second base, and we can see you're guilty from the sleep that's on your face. 'Go lie down on your blanket now and cry your guilty tears. I sentence you to one long nap for ninety million years. And when the other children see this nap that never ends, no child will ever dare to take somebody's nap again.'

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