Brian Patten

(7 February 1946 / Liverpool / England)

The Innocence Of Any Flesh Sleeping - Poem by Brian Patten

Sleeping beside you I dreamt
I woke beside you;
Waking beside you
I thought I was dreaming.

Have you ever slept beside an ocean?
Well yes,
It is like this.

The whole motion of landscapes, of oceans
Is within her.
She is
The innocence of any flesh sleeping,
So vulnerable
No protection is needed.

In such times
The heart opens,
Contains all there is,
There being no more than her.

In what country she is
I cannot tell.
But knowing – because there is love
And it blots out all demons –
She is safe,
I can turn,
Sleep well beside her.

Waking beside her I am dreaming.
Dreaming of such wakings
I am all love’s senses woken.


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  • (7/16/2018 2:40:00 PM)


    I love this poem. So do my students. They learmed it by heart. (Report) Reply

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    i love this poem more than most people love their children (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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