Valsa George

In Sleep's Chamber

Far, over the monstrous gray summits
As dusking shadows crept stealthily on,
When night had turned more stygian
And glow worms had begun throwing flickers of light
Like sequins stitched onto a flowing velvet gown,
When night sky had thus turned
Into a rare configuration of light and shade
When in the west was burning a solitary star
And like a one man army, it valiantly blocked
The advance of infiltrating clouds,
When fledglings cuddled for warmth
Under their mother's flayed wings
When cicadas were chanting their litany in shrill monotone,
When the breeze whispered sweet nothings in my ear
And autumn leaves in strong gale
Flew about and nosedived into their ebony bed,
When my conscious thoughts evaporated
And I was left to linger in a semi stupor,

I knew a familiar spirit visiting me unsought
With the passion of a lover eager to subdue;
Morpheus with the scent of poppy leaves all about him
To lure my soul to bliss and chill the heat of weary toil
By the indulgent grip of his masculine hands
He took me on his wings to chartless oceans and fairy isles
And finally to his secret chamber for a date
Making me swoon in secreted ecstasy!

Submitted: Friday, August 08, 2014
Edited: Friday, August 08, 2014

Topic of this poem: sleep


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  • Silver Star - 9,909 Points Sandra Feldman (9/26/2014 5:59:00 PM)

    No one and nothing can create mood, ambiance like a great poet. No, movie set can do what the poet can with just mere words, but gifted at a that.
    Valsa, the poetical and pictorial atmosphere you have created here is sheer beauty, a gift of peace for the soul., a touch of poetic genius. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,807 Points Bri Edwards (8/27/2014 11:55:00 PM)

    i would have loved being a fly (or cicada) on the wall of that secret chamber, long as there were fly swatters around. thanks for sharing. i won't tell your husband know. bri :)

    ok, i couldn't resist. i looked up Morpheus and found this:

    Morpheus is a god of dreams who appears in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Morpheus has the ability to take any human form and appear in dreams......valsa, he looked like me, right? ? (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,865 Points Geetha Jayakumar (8/21/2014 11:37:00 AM)

    A Great write. Each lines are beautifully depicted. In a very cool and calm way how a soul is lured into eternal bliss. If such is beautiful way to go to sleep chamber, how beautiful the sleep will look like. Really you have portrayed it so beautifully, I feel like visiting the Sleep's chamber atleast once in life time. I just loved it. I read it thrice to get its deeper meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,301 Points Daniel Brick (8/19/2014 8:58:00 AM)

    I love your opening stanza! I counted the lines - 18 - with which you sustained the image of night for our delight!
    And the language is gorgeous WHEN THE NIGHT SKY HAD THUS TURNED/INTO A RARE CONFIGURATION OF LIGHT AND SHADE/WHEN IN THE WEST WAS SHINING A SOLITARY STAR... There is something absolute in your evocation of the Night - it is that fulfilling. Your second stanza brings in the narrative element and it too is wonderful. But it's the evocation of the night setting in stanza one that WOWS me. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,431 Points Savita Tyagi (8/18/2014 6:22:00 PM)

    Most beautiful poem Valsa. Lord of sleep taking one to most secret of his chamber is a blessing like no other. Loved the poem specially the last para. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,553 Points Dinesh Nair (8/13/2014 11:41:00 AM)

    A verbal beauty feasting on diction apt and imagination unique, I too feel like Daine and rate this poem as one of your very best till date.Thank you Valsa madam for this share. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,762 Points Diane Hine (8/10/2014 8:08:00 PM)

    Sensational Valsa - one of your best and destined for my list of favourites! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,320 Points Paul Sebastian (8/10/2014 7:52:00 AM)

    A deep whirlwind of a dream in a sleeping chamber! Deep emotions in blissful ecstasy in the arms of a dream-lover! Vivid expressions so poetically written! Great write! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,738 Points Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/8/2014 1:10:00 PM)

    So wonderfully composed with powerful lines and beautiful rhyme I felt as if I am caught in fairy skies, fairy isles
    and fairy oceans......great imagery.........Valsa....... 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 399 Points Chris Zachariou (8/8/2014 6:30:00 AM)

    How wonderful! I am taken into a magical journey in skies and lands I do not know. And my imagination is running wild. Great poetry! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 20,658 Points Akhtar Jawad (8/8/2014 2:52:00 AM)

    By the indulgent grip of his masculine hands
    He took me on his wings to chartless oceans and fairy isles
    And finally to his secret chamber for a date
    Making me swoon in secreted ecstasy!
    I am often naughty but not beautiful, when a woman becomes naughty she is a model for great artists. It; s not an easy poem that can be understood in a single reading. I read it many times and now I say it's a work of art. (Report) Reply

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