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Ode to Flannel Sheets November 8, 2018

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Ode to Flannel Sheets

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,”

And beauty occureth not without a good night’s sleep.

Therefore without sleep, there is no truth,

Only a jumble of undercaffeinated syllables.


Percale will do, maybe even soothe on hot summer nights.

But in the winter?  The flannel sheets grab you,

Hold fast to your pajamas and don’t let you go.

The warmth is liquid and holds you


The watery peace of sleep.


That dream?

The one where he holds you and makes every inch of you warm –

— except the inches that are hot —

That dream lingers longer in flannel sheets.


Of course, you say, Hell is hot, too.

The devil cloaked in flannel holds you down,

Keeping you from making lunch for the kids

Ushering them on to the bus

Being on time for work

Shaving your legs all the way to your knees


Maybe.  Maybe so.  But I’ll take my chances.

If that’s the case, I’ll bring marshmallows to toast

Over a fire of comfortable brimstone.


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Ode to Flannel Sheets


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Lori Duff

Lori B. Duff is an award-winning author who practices law on the side.  Her latest book, "If You Did What I Asked in the First Place" was awarded the Gold Medal for humor in the Foreword INDIES awards in 2019. You can follow her on Twitter at @LoriBDuff and on Facebook. For more blogs written by Lori, click here. For more information about Lori in general, click here. If you want Lori to do your writing for you, click here. If you want Lori to help you market your book, click here.

Ode to Flannel Sheets November 8, 2018