Monday, February 20, 2006

Variation On The Word Sleep



I would like to watch you sleeping,
which may not happen.
I would like to watch you,
sleeping. I would like to sleep
with you, to enter
your sleep as its smooth dark wave
slides over my head

and walk with you through that lucent
wavering forest of bluegreen leaves
with its watery sun & three moons
towards the cave where you must descend,
towards your worst fear

I would like to give you the silver
branch, the small white flower, the one
word that will protect you
from the grief at the center
of your dream, from the grief
at the center I would like to follow
you up the long stairway
again & become
the boat that would row you back
carefully, a flame
in two cupped hands
to where your body lies
beside me, and as you enter
it as easily as breathing in

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
& that necessary.

~© Margaret Atwood~

5 comments:

Southern Boy said...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.............

!!!!!!!????????!!!!!!!!!!!?

GM TD!!

Nice poem, as usual.

Have A Southern Day

SmileyTD said...

Good morning, SB!!! (Actually, it's afternoon now...but you get the point. LOL) Hope your day is going well.

Thanks for the compliments on the poem. :) It's a little different. First time I read it, I enjoyed it, but I had to go back and reread it in order to get the full effect. Once I'd let it all "sink in", I decided that I really liked it. :P LOL

Melissa said...

Good Day Smiley and SB :-)

Alright, SB, it is time for you to open another blog, lol.

I like you too, btw. Too bad I don't know who you are!

My news years resolution of not posting is still going well. Although I have seen others assume anonymous' post are mine. LOL, they do love me!

Anywho, I still love the blog! Wish I could be more artistic, but I guess that is one gene that passed me by.

Someone suggested I take up knitting but then suggested I not be allowed sharp objects, lmao.

Later days Smiley hope all is well with you!

Southern Boy said...

GM TD!

and to you too, MP!!

Thanx, but I'll not be sponsoring another blog.

Couldn't hang with the quality and creativity the other ones have.

And really, its hard enuf keeping up with the ones that area aleady running without having another one.

Have A Southern Day

SmileyTD said...

Hello, SB!! Good afternoon to ya'! You're absolutely right. The blogs that are already up are hard to keep track of most of the time. LOL

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Howdy, Melissa! Thanks for stopping by. As far as the artistic ability, I'm sure you have it in some form. Different people are creative in different ways, though. (And I loved the sharp objects remark, by the way. LOL)