Sleep Poems - Poems For Sleep

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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--


Poems About Sleep

  1. 1. A Goodnight , William Carlos Williams
  2. 2. Cradle Song , William Blake
  3. 3. Sleeping At Last , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  4. 4. The Sad Mother , Gabriela Mistral
  5. 5. Sleep Now, O Sleep Now , James Joyce
  6. 6. Norse Lullaby , Eugene Field
  7. 7. Sweet And Low , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  8. 8. Work, Sleep, Work, Sleep, Work , Mark R Slaughter
  9. 9. The Widow And Her Son Xxi , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. Holy Innocents , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  11. 11. Ghazal 314 , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  12. 12. Desire Blooming On Air-Creeper Of Sleepl.. , Naseer Ahmed Nasir
  13. 13. A Private , Edward Thomas
  14. 14. Mother And Babe , Walt Whitman
  15. 15. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' .. , Dónall Dempsey
  16. 16. # A Sleeping Beauty , Samanyan Lakshminarayanan
  17. 17. The Hill , Edgar Lee Masters
  18. 18. Lullaby Of The Iroquois , Emily Pauline Johnson
  19. 19. A Fisherman's Baby , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  20. 20. Beggar , Amitava Sur
  21. 21. Hymns To The Night : 2 , Novalis
  22. 22. Hornet , Anne Sexton
  23. 23. The Singing In God's Acre , Eugene Field
  24. 24. Serenade From “the Spanish Student” , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  25. 25. Occupational Hazard , Sophie Hannah
  26. 26. Apollo Sleeps (Sonnet) , Valerie Dohren
  27. 27. Lullaby , Edith Nesbit
  28. 28. Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 12 , Saadi Shirazi
  29. 29. *sleeping Dear* , Fatima Obaid
  30. 30. Sleep Teases A Man , Daniil Ivanovich Kharms
  31. 31. The Sleeping Child , Eugene Field
  32. 32. A Mother's Lullaby , Valsa George
  33. 33. Sleep , Leigh Ladd
  34. 34. Sleep , Russell Edson
  35. 35. The Brethren , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  36. 36. Let The Night Sleep , Subbaraman N V
  37. 37. ***edge To Edge (Post Post Modern Poetry) , Sadiqullah Khan
  38. 38. Serenade , Thomas Hood
  39. 39. Sleep! Sleep! Sleep! , jerine james
  40. 40. The Life Of A Cat , Laurence Overmire
  41. 41. Sleep , Khairul Ahsan
  42. 42. My Baby Sleeps , George A. Mackenzie
  43. 43. Sleep , Salmaan Sheriff
  44. 44. My Plight. , Bernard Shaw
  45. 45. My Angel, I Love To Watch You Sleep....... , Ravi Sathasivam
  46. 46. Sleep Little Baby , Walterrean Salley
  47. 47. Sleep , Sally Plumb Plumb
  48. 48. ***i Thought You Were Sleeping , Sylvi Sylva
  49. 49. Can'T Sleep No More , Courtney Steele
  50. 50. Dying. , Mandy Raadd

New Sleep Poems

  1. Don'T Sleep, Musa Gift Masombuka
  2. Sleeping, Charles Hoo
  3. Sleep Slowly, Emmanuel chibuike ikechukwu
  4. Sleep, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  5. In Every Bit Of, Nikhil Parekh
  6. Sleep And Soul, Ismim Putera
  7. Are You Sleeping, My Love?, Afrodita Alkline
  8. Sleeping Angel, jayne harris
  9. No Sleep, Melissa K Vigna
  10. Sleepyheads, Carl Sandburg
  11. Eternal Sleep, Steve Ricketts
  12. Lullaby For The Hungry, Muhammad Mahdi Al-Jawahiri
  13. To A Friend, Alexander Joeseph
  14. Do Not Disturb Me, gajanan mishra
  15. Dreaming Sleep, kalpana shah
  16. Sleepless Nights And Me, Rohit Sapra
  17. Prepare Yourself For Sleep, gajanan mishra
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