Variation on the Word Sleep - Margaret Atwood


Variation on the Word Sleep
Margaret Atwood

I would like to watch you sleeping.
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 and 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 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
and that necessary


3 comments:

Tonya said...

That was beautiful.

Frimmy said...

I absolutely loved the last lines. Obviously, I italicized it.

Tonya said...

The first paragraph was my favorite. We are a perfect match, you know.

 

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