Kenneth Slessor

Orange, New South Wales
Kenneth Slessor
Orange, New South Wales

Sleep

Rating: 3.3
Do you give yourself to me utterly,

Body and no-body, flesh and no-flesh
Not as a fugitive, blindly or bitterly,

But as a child might, with no other wish?

Yes, utterly.



Then I shall bear you down my estuary,

Carry you and ferry you to burial mysteriously,

Take you and receive you,

Consume you, engulf you,

In the huge cave, my belly, lave you

With huger waves continually.

And you shall cling and clamber there

And slumber there, in that dumb chamber,

Beat with my blood's beat, hear my heart move

Blindly in bones that ride above you,

Delve in my flesh, dissolved and bedded,

Through viewless valves embodied so –



Till daylight, the expulsion and awakening,

The riving and the driving forth,

Life with remorseless forceps beckoning –

Pangs and betrayal of harsh birth.
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COMMENTS
Mahtab Bangalee 19 December 2019
sleep..... Carry you and ferry you to burial mysteriously, Take you and receive you, Consume you, engulf you, In the huge cave, my belly, lave you With huger waves continually.//// wonderful expression
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Edgar Stevens 30 October 2015
sleep all night sleep all day what is the result?
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Lawrance Pope 20 May 2007
I'm not much of a poem fan, however this poem is Fantastic!
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Prospero 78 28 November 2005
such a fantastic poem... seems a precursor to something like Michael Dransfield's 'Epiderm'...
8 7 Reply
Erin Padbury 07 June 2005
from a person who can't spell 'poem' and goes under the name of Richard Head. Goodonya mate.
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