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City That Does Not Sleep - Poem by Federico García Lorca

In the sky there is nobody asleep. Nobody, nobody.
Nobody is asleep.
The creatures of the moon sniff and prowl about their cabins.
The living iguanas will come and bite the men who do not dream,
and the man who rushes out with his spirit broken will meet on the
street corner
the unbelievable alligator quiet beneath the tender protest of the
stars.

Nobody is asleep on earth. Nobody, nobody.
Nobody is asleep.
In a graveyard far off there is a corpse
who has moaned for three years
because of a dry countryside on his knee;
and that boy they buried this morning cried so much
it was necessary to call out the dogs to keep him quiet.

Life is not a dream. Careful! Careful! Careful!
We fall down the stairs in order to eat the moist earth
or we climb to the knife edge of the snow with the voices of the dead
dahlias.
But forgetfulness does not exist, dreams do not exist;
flesh exists. Kisses tie our mouths
in a thicket of new veins,
and whoever his pain pains will feel that pain forever
and whoever is afraid of death will carry it on his shoulders.

One day
the horses will live in the saloons
and the enraged ants
will throw themselves on the yellow skies that take refuge in the
eyes of cows.

Another day
we will watch the preserved butterflies rise from the dead
and still walking through a country of gray sponges and silent boats
we will watch our ring flash and roses spring from our tongue.
Careful! Be careful! Be careful!
The men who still have marks of the claw and the thunderstorm,
and that boy who cries because he has never heard of the invention
of the bridge,
or that dead man who possesses now only his head and a shoe,
we must carry them to the wall where the iguanas and the snakes
are waiting,
where the bear's teeth are waiting,
where the mummified hand of the boy is waiting,
and the hair of the camel stands on end with a violent blue shudder.

Nobody is sleeping in the sky. Nobody, nobody.
Nobody is sleeping.
If someone does close his eyes,
a whip, boys, a whip!
Let there be a landscape of open eyes
and bitter wounds on fire.
No one is sleeping in this world. No one, no one.
I have said it before.

No one is sleeping.
But if someone grows too much moss on his temples during the
night,
open the stage trapdoors so he can see in the moonlight
the lying goblets, and the poison, and the skull of the theaters.


Comments about City That Does Not Sleep by Federico García Lorca

  • Gold Star - 9,244 Points Ernest Makuakua (1/27/2016 8:17:00 AM)

    Nobody is sleeping in the sky. Nobody, nobody.
    Nobody is sleeping.
    If someone does close his eyes,
    a whip, boys, a whip!
    Let there be a landscape of open eyes
    and bitter wounds on fire.
    No one is sleeping in this world. No one, no one.
    I have said it before.

    BEAUTIFULLY SAID CANT SAY IT ANY MORE

    THANKS FOR SHARING (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 73,468 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/1/2014 2:01:00 AM)

    May be some ideas having such resemblance of inner struggles the theme of the poem not well understood. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mackenzie Yates (1/5/2014 5:45:00 PM)

    I'm throwing in the idea that maybe Federico Garcia Lorca, considering his rebellious liberal views, constructed this poem to warn a certain political party or group of followers. He's telling them to not sleep, or be unaware, because there is still danger of prosecution in their wake. Evidence for this includes the fact that he says Does Not Sleep rather than Doesnt which implies that it's an order and not just a fluffy poem. Also, lines 25-29 (One day, The horses will live in saloons...) suggests an attack plan to followers in a code that uses animals as code names. Just a thought. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sleep

  1. 1. City That Does Not Sleep , Federico García Lorca
  2. 2. Before Sleep , Ezra Pound
  3. 3. Variation On The Word Sleep , Margaret Atwood
  4. 4. All You Who Sleep Tonight , Vikram Seth
  5. 5. Work, Sleep, Work, Sleep, Work , Mark R Slaughter
  6. 6. Sleep Now, O Sleep Now , James Joyce
  7. 7. In Midnight Sleep , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. To Sleep , John Keats
  9. 9. A Long, Long Sleep, A Famous Sleep , Emily Dickinson
  10. 10. Sleep , Kenneth Slessor
  11. 11. Has My Heart Gone To Sleep? , Antonio Machado
  12. 12. Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed , Dylan Thomas
  13. 13. I Sleep A Lot , Czeslaw Milosz
  14. 14. Sleep , Charles Bukowski
  15. 15. Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) , Heinrich Heine
  16. 16. To Say Before Going To Sleep , Rainer Maria Rilke
  17. 17. I Am Going To Sleep , Alfonsina Storni
  18. 18. Sleep! Sleep! Beauty Bright , William Blake
  19. 19. Come Sleep, O Sleep! The Certain Knot Of.. , Sir Philip Sidney
  20. 20. Love And Sleep , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  21. 21. How Sleep The Brave , Walter de la Mare
  22. 22. Tears In Sleep , Louise Bogan
  23. 23. My Sister's Sleep , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  24. 24. The Pains Of Sleep , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  25. 25. Sleep, Darling , Sappho
  26. 26. Sleep , Mirabai
  27. 27. I Fellowed Sleep , Dylan Thomas
  28. 28. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' .. , Dónall Dempsey
  29. 29. Sleep Peacefully , Alfonsina Storni
  30. 30. Sleep Spaces , Robert Desnos
  31. 31. My Angel, I Love To Watch You Sleep....... , Ravi Sathasivam
  32. 32. Sleep , Rabindranath Tagore
  33. 33. Sleep , Sir Philip Sidney
  34. 34. Jerusalem: I See The Four-Fold Man, The .. , William Blake
  35. 35. Only In Sleep" , Sara Teasdale
  36. 36. There's Something Quieter Than Sleep , Emily Dickinson
  37. 37. Delia Xlv: Care-Charmer Sleep, Son Of Th.. , Samuel Daniel
  38. 38. Sleep-Stealer , Rabindranath Tagore
  39. 39. Not To Sleep , Robert Graves
  40. 40. Sleep, Sleep, My Sweet One Sleep , Emmanuel George Cefai
  41. 41. Pains Of Sleep, The , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  42. 42. He Giveth His Beloved Sleep , Banjo Paterson
  43. 43. Sleep Is Supposed To Be , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Sonnet Xxxix: Come, Sleep! , Sir Philip Sidney
  45. 45. Sleep And Sleep And Sleep To Dream , gajanan mishra
  46. 46. Sleep, Sleep, My Little One , Emmanuel George Cefai
  47. 47. Winter Sleep , Elinor Morton Wylie
  48. 48. Sleep Walking , David Darbyshire
  49. 49. The Sleep-Worker , Thomas Hardy
  50. 50. Sleep Sleep Sleep , Otteri Selvakumar
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