Go the F to Sleep

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“Total genius.” –Jonathan Lethem, father of two
“This is no-guilt funny and a godsend!” –Cristina García, mother of one
Go the Fuck to Sleep
by Adam Mansbach • illustrated by Ricardo Cortés

Go the Fuck to Sleep
by Adam Mansbach
illustrated by Ricardo Cortés

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Published by Akashic Books
Words ©2011 Adam Mansbach • Adammansbach.com
Illustrations ©2011 Ricardo Cortés • Rmcortes.com
ISBN-13: 978-1-61775-025-0
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for Vivien, without whom none of this would be possible
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The cats nestle close to their kittens now.
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear.
Please go the fuck to sleep.

The windows are dark in the town, child.
The whales huddle down in the deep.
I’ll read you one very last book if you swear
You’ll go the fuck to sleep.

The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest
And the creatures who crawl, run, and creep.
I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bullshit. Stop lying.
Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep.

The wind whispers soft through the grass, hon.
The field mice, they make not a peep.
It’s been thirty-eight minutes already.
Jesus Christ, what the fuck? Go to sleep.

All the kids from day care are in dreamland.
The froggie has made his last leap.
Hell no, you can’t go to the bathroom.
You know where you can go? The fuck to sleep.

The owls fly forth from the treetops.
Through the air, they soar and they sweep.
A hot crimson rage fills my heart, love.
For real, shut the fuck up and sleep.

The cubs and the lions are snoring,
Wrapped in a big snuggly heap.
How is it you can do all this other great shit
But you can’t lie the fuck down and sleep?