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