Insomnia:A Sextet - Poem by Ioanna Carlsen
On Reading Cioran
Leaf caught in a branch of ice,
I am unsleeping,
neither dead, nor dreaming,
I exist when I
it makes me feel
You think because you
are not God,
I don't know you.
But I've been here as long as you,
I know the territory:
(it's yours and mine) ,
our marriage is
the first map.
The Insomnia of Galaxies
not knowing where they end,
but swirling by each other endlessly,
a sea of one accident succeeding another,
moons circling moons,
breath succeeding breath,
sleep, you, sleep, in stillness rest.
a picture of Giacometti's
Woman Standing stands on the sill,
next to dead roses and a clock.
On a chair, a book propped-open, wide-awake,
shows a woman Utamaro drew once.
she sticks a toothpick
through closed lips.
Outside it snows—
who is "it"?
In another room
thinks he knows what whoever is snowing
is going to do with it.
A series of "it"s
underlines the truth—
he doesn't know who snows either,
but streaks the early morning with a stream of empty sound.
In the air over the lake
the big birds fly, wheeling;
they scissor the light,
pattern over pattern, invisible scribbling,
dive into the trees
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