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Selected Poems II: 1976 - 1986 Selected Poems II: 1976 - 1986 by Margaret Atwood
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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 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, Selected Poems II: 1976 - 1986
“I want, I don’t want.
How can one live with such a heart?”
Margaret Atwood, Selected Poems II: 1976 - 1986
tags: want
“Here is a handful
of shadow I have brought back to you:
this decay, this hope, this mouth-
ful of dirt, this poetry.”
Margaret Atwood, Selected Poems II: 1976 - 1986
“You will flicker in these words
and in the words of others
for a while and then go out.

Even if I send them,
you will never get these letters.
Even if I see you again,

I will never see you again.”
Margaret Atwood, Selected Poems II: 1976 - 1986
“It is spring, and the night wind
is moist with the smell of turned loam
and the early flowers;
the moon pours out its beauty
which you see as beauty finally,
warm and offering everything.
You have only to take.”
Margaret Atwood, Selected Poems II: 1976 - 1986

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