Treasure Island

Gleb Zavlanov


Oh Hypnos lord of all the lands of dream,
Whose slumb’rous breath weaves eyes with poppy leaf,
And whose sweet lullabies mortals relieve
Of throes, and shields them from the evil scheme
Of Phobetor who roams around the world at close of eve,

Oh Hypnos, phantom o’er each mossy cot,
Whose gentle, dreamy hands all place to rest
The cooing birds found snoozing in their nest
And all the goats upon the meads where not
A pallid moonbeam can descry, for all’s by night suppressed,

Or mortal denizens in cities, pent
Or gleaming fish found in the ocean’s deep,
Or cattle, waiting in the glens for sleep
To dawn upon their minds, and their souls send
Into Elysium until the morn shall night’s shoots reap,

And plant its gloried beams into the bare
And fill the lands with nec’trous, honeyed rays,
Come on us, god of sleep, unearthly grace
From out the shadows of your mystic lair,
And spread across our waking minds your thick, morphean haze.

How much I’ve agonized and yearned to gain
The lavender and eat such dozy bud,
And try to fall asleep, and ever nod
As I get lost and stray in dream’s domain,
But never have I had success for slumber I could not!

I roamed across the clouds of yester night
And round the meadows of the yesteryear,
But never can I my bright spirit steer
Into such sleep, and take upon my flight
Into deep slumber’s den, until, Hypnos you did appear,

And eased my mind and soul, and with your spells
Had quelled the raging passions of my heart,
And carefully had closed the draws to part,
Once you had done your deed and slowed the swells
Of my free spirit, and had my sore mind with slumbers barred…

© 2014 Gleb Zavlanov

Submitted: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Topic(s): sleep

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Hypnos by Gleb Zavlanov )

Enter the verification code :

  • Susan Lacovara (3/23/2014 5:29:00 PM)

    Hypnotic indeed, your fable-like write....That I could slip away into the sweetness if stilled slumber, erase the daily all too quick pace of today's race....What sheer pleasure to succumb to the beauty of dreams. PEACE (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley Updates

New Poems

  1. The strength is, gajanan mishra
  2. Alone, Gillian Commerford
  3. Being To Dawns And Clouds Blind, Vsevolod Rozhdestvensky
  4. I Did Not Seek The Other Forune's Favor, Vsevolod Rozhdestvensky
  5. باتريــس لومومبا, سميح القاسم
  6. After Love, Gillian Commerford
  7. Mind Games, Philo Yan
  8. اقطاع, سميح القاسم
  9. Further, Michael McParland
  10. THE PARADOX OF A SEASON, M.D Dinesh Nair

Poem of the Day

poet Henry David Thoreau

My books I'd fain cast off, I cannot read,
'Twixt every page my thoughts go stray at large
Down in the meadow, where is richer feed,
And will not mind to hit their proper targe.
...... Read complete »

[Hata Bildir]