Robert Francis

Pennsylvania / United States
Robert Francis
Pennsylvania / United States
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Summons

Rating: 3.7
Keep me from going to sleep too soon
Or if I go to sleep too soon
Come wake me up. Come any hour
Of night. Come whistling up the road.
Stomp on the porch. Bang on the door.
Make me get out of bed and come
And let you in and light a light.
Tell me the northern lights are on
And make me look. Or tell me clouds
Are doing something to the moon
They never did before, and show me.
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Lakyn Strutton 03 April 2018
I see this poem as a plea for help from someone who would rather not impose on another but desperately needs someone to 'right' his/her sinking outlook on the world. The final line shows the narrator's loss of confidence/hope in herself yet also reveals the existence of hope he/she has in another's aid. Also, note the command in the previous line, indicating a slight, albeit modest, sense of urgency in the narrator's words.
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Dr.subhendu Kar 20 March 2017
See that I see. Talk to me till I'm half as wide awake as you Good write!
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Hebert Logerie Sr. 27 January 2017
You know I am not too hard persuaded. Beautifully said.The poem flows like a river to reach its destination timely, as planned.
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Kay Staley 19 September 2014
This could be about practically anything. I like to think that the author is worried about falling asleep in life and missing all the things that matter. He is worried that he is only half awake and that the world is persuading him to see only parts of his environment and not letting him be truly alive. I like stuff like this but its truly a shame that this doesnt rhyme.
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Kanniappan Kanniappan 19 September 2013
Is it for lazy people to wake up early for walking as exercise, in the health point of view?
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Rob Burns 17 February 2013
I think it is about those people that enter our lives and open the doors. The people who we never expect to come along. We don't plan for the meeting, it is the spontaneous nature of time and chance that puts these people in our lives that they change us, a sea change into something rich and strange.
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Mm Loewin 20 September 2012
Does anyone happen to know where/when this poem was first published? I'm trying to figure out how I came upon it in the 1970s in Vermont.
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D Moore 29 January 2021
One of my favorite poems. It is in this book: OLD VTG 1967 POETRY BOOK 'REFLECTIONS ON A GIFT OF WATERMELON PICKLE...'
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Carlos Echeverria 19 September 2012
The words WHISTLING, STOMP, BANG set an urgent tone to the reading of this poem-the passion of lovers-a hot energy.
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Pranab K Chakraborty 19 September 2012
Marvelous by its lucid expression which intensifying the passion of living. Great love towards life. Great indeed......Pranab k c
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Diana Varney 02 June 2009
Kiarra: I've loved this poem for decades and now you have helped me to fully understand why. Your analysis was spot-on for me. Thank you so much! !
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