Brian Patten

(7 February 1946 / Liverpool / England)

When You Wake Tomorrow - Poem by Brian Patten

I will give you a poem when you wake tomorrow.
It will be a peaceful poem.
It won’t make you sad.
It won’t make you miserable.
It will simply be a poem to give you
When you wake tomorrow.

It was not written by myself alone.
I cannot lay claim to it.
I found it in your body.
In your smile I found it.
Will you recognise it?

You will find it under your pillow.
When you open the cupboard it will be there.
You will blink in astonishment,
Shout out, ‘How it trembles!
Its nakedness is startling! How fresh it tastes!’

We will have it for breakfast;
On a table lit by loving,
At a place reserved for wonder.
We will give the world a kissing open
When we wake tomorrow.

We will offer it to the sad landlord out on the balcony.
To the dreamers at the window.
To the hand waving for no particular reason
We will offer it.
An amazing and most remarkable thing,
We will offer it to the whole human race
Which walks in us
When we wake tomorrow.

Comments about When You Wake Tomorrow by Brian Patten

  • (6/29/2018 6:46:00 PM)

    My sixth form girlfriend wrote this poem in a letter to me thirty years ago. How lucky am I (Report) Reply

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  • (5/6/2018 11:03:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem I loved it (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/23/2016 12:11:00 AM)

    Nice one. I liked it..........A beginning of new day with fresh thoughts new hopes. we all wish to start afresh but seldom this happens as we carry the burden of past. (Report) Reply

  • Dutendra Chamling (10/18/2015 8:34:00 AM)

    It's really wonderful poem. the dream, this poet has, will come true one day. (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2008 11:47:00 AM)

    This is a really nice poem and very romantic...... (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2008 12:12:00 PM)

    I love this poem, it's a fantastic read, I'm sure it will be stuck in my mind all day long. (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2005 2:38:00 PM)

    A poem to love and read again and again. (Report) Reply

  • (1/5/2005 7:56:00 PM)

    I've read something like this before, somewhere...i wish I could remember..
    Anyways, I love this.
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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