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A Goodnight - Poem by William Carlos Williams

Go to sleep--though of course you will not--
to tideless waves thundering slantwise against
strong embankments, rattle and swish of spray
dashed thirty feet high, caught by the lake wind,
scattered and strewn broadcast in over the steady
car rails! Sleep, sleep! Gulls' cries in a wind-gust
broken by the wind; calculating wings set above
the field of waves breaking.
Go to sleep to the lunge between foam-crests,
refuse churned in the recoil. Food! Food!
Offal! Offal! that holds them in the air, wave-white
for the one purpose, feather upon feather, the wild
chill in their eyes, the hoarseness in their voices--
sleep, sleep . . .

Gentlefooted crowds are treading out your lullaby.
Their arms nudge, they brush shoulders,
hitch this way then that, mass and surge at the crossings--
lullaby, lullaby! The wild-fowl police whistles,
the enraged roar of the traffic, machine shrieks:
it is all to put you to sleep,
to soften your limbs in relaxed postures,
and that your head slip sidewise, and your hair loosen
and fall over your eyes and over your mouth,
brushing your lips wistfully that you may dream,
sleep and dream--

A black fungus springs out about the lonely church doors--
sleep, sleep. The Night, coming down upon
the wet boulevard, would start you awake with his
message, to have in at your window. Pay no
heed to him. He storms at your sill with
cooings, with gesticulations, curses!
You will not let him in. He would keep you from sleeping.
He would have you sit under your desk lamp
brooding, pondering; he would have you
slide out the drawer, take up the ornamented dagger
and handle it. It is late, it is nineteen-nineteen--
go to sleep, his cries are a lullaby;
his jabbering is a sleep-well-my-baby; he is
a crackbrained messenger.

The maid waking you in the morning
when you are up and dressing,
the rustle of your clothes as you raise them--
it is the same tune.
At table the cold, greeninsh, split grapefruit, its juice
on the tongue, the clink of the spoon in
your coffee, the toast odors say it over and over.

The open street-door lets in the breath of
the morning wind from over the lake.
The bus coming to a halt grinds from its sullen brakes--
lullaby, lullaby. The crackle of a newspaper,
the movement of the troubled coat beside you--
sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep . . .
It is the sting of snow, the burning liquor of
the moonlight, the rush of rain in the gutters packed
with dead leaves: go to sleep, go to sleep.
And the night passes--and never passes--

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Poems About Boulevard

  1. 1. A Goodnight , William Carlos Williams
  2. 2. Getting Back Up , Life Poem
  3. 3. Little Exercise , Elizabeth Bishop
  4. 4. Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anypl.. , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  5. 5. Cities Vagabonds , Arthur Rimbaud
  6. 6. Brussels , Arthur Rimbaud
  7. 7. I Sing The Body Electric , Philip Levine
  8. 8. An Evening Walk , kite remedy
  9. 9. The Dead , Philip Levine
  10. 10. Demolition , Mark Doty
  11. 11. Curious I Explore , malini kadir
  12. 12. Then , Philip Levine
  13. 13. The Filipino Politician , Nick Carbo
  14. 14. La Tour Eiffel , Herbert Nehrlich
  15. 15. Francois Villon , Eugene Field
  16. 16. Capis Windows , Nick Carbo
  17. 17. A New Pilgrimage: Sonnet Xix , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  18. 18. La Grisette , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  19. 19. Boudoir Prophecies , John Hay
  20. 20. Lambert Hutchins , Edgar Lee Masters
  21. 21. Kiss Me Again Like Wet Dogs , Uriah Hamilton
  22. 22. The Two , Philip Levine
  23. 23. The Deodand , Anthony Evan Hecht
  24. 24. To John J. Knickerbocker, Jr. , Eugene Field
  25. 25. ****shadowplay! , RAJ NANDY
  26. 26. Christ Almighty! , Joe Rosochacki
  27. 27. Paris , Guillaume Apollinaire
  28. 28. The Forgiveness Parade , Jeffrey McDaniel
  29. 29. In Those Moments , kanav justa
  30. 30. #an Annual Event , maitreyee joshi
  31. 31. ***paradise-11-Pink Marine , Coach Roth
  32. 32. Pleasure From Rain Drops , Kumarmani Mahakul
  33. 33. 1969 , Smoky Hoss
  34. 34. The Dancing , Gerald Stern
  35. 35. Along The Promenade , Mark R Slaughter
  36. 36. The Story Of A King , chandra thiagarajan
  37. 37. Even Because , Ralph Angel
  38. 38. Similitude , Philip Hammial
  39. 39. The Breathers , James Reiss
  40. 40. ' State Of Grace... ' , MoonBee Canady
  41. 41. ' Pathway To Humanity... ' , MoonBee Canady
  42. 42. Creeping Comes The Day , Susan Lacovara
  43. 43. Carnival , Kelly Kurt
  44. 44. The Day God Died , Uriah Hamilton
  45. 45. Heart Stone , Traquita Thomas
  46. 46. The Great Wheel , Paul Mariani
  47. 47. England And America , James Kenneth Stephen
  48. 48. The Monkey Living Inside Of Me , David Kowalczyk
  49. 49. Lonely Joy , Uriah Hamilton
  50. 50. The Present Reincarnation , Dónall Dempsey
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