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Winter Sleep - Poem by Elinor Morton Wylie

When against earth a wooden heel
Clicks as loud as stone on steel,
When stone turns flour instead of flakes,
And frost bakes clay as fire bakes,
When the hard-bitten fields at last
Crack like iron flawed in the cast,
When the world is wicked and cross and old,
I long to be quit of the cruel cold.

Little birds like bubbles of glass
Fly to other Americas,
Birds as bright as sparkles of wine
Fly in the nite to the Argentine,
Birds of azure and flame-birds go
To the tropical Gulf of Mexico:
They chase the sun, they follow the heat,
It is sweet in their bones, O sweet, sweet, sweet!
It's not with them that I'd love to be,
But under the roots of the balsam tree.

Just as the spiniest chestnut-burr
Is lined within with the finest fur,
So the stoney-walled, snow-roofed house
Of every squirrel and mole and mouse
Is lined with thistledown, sea-gull's feather,
Velvet mullein-leaf, heaped together
With balsam and juniper, dry and curled,
Sweeter than anything else in the world.

O what a warm and darksome nest
Where the wildest things are hidden to rest!
It's there that I'd love to lie and sleep,
Soft, soft, soft, and deep, deep, deep!


Comments about Winter Sleep by Elinor Morton Wylie

  • Gold Star - 121,445 Points Susan Williams (2/17/2016 4:36:00 PM)

    Give her outrageous life style I can believe she would occasionally sit back and contemplate the latest married man [not married to her] and wonder if all the hullabaloo was worth it- -that makes her wish for southern climes far from the madding crowd.... but then the men had money and she didn't have to work and they would pay for the publication of her poetry. She wields a graceful pen but there doesn't seem to be any real sustenance in her lines. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Winter's Sorrow (3/15/2010 2:40:00 AM)

    One of the most beautiful and thoughful poems. Not sure why the low rating but rated this a 10. Thanks for posting. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sleep

  1. 51. Winter Sleep , Elinor Morton Wylie
  2. 52. Sleep To Dream , Victor Osorio
  3. 53. Sonnet Xxxix: Come, Sleep! , Sir Philip Sidney
  4. 54. Winter Sleep , Edith Matilda Thomas
  5. 55. In Search Of Sleep , C.J. Heck
  6. 56. Help Me, Sleep , Esther Leclerc
  7. 57. Between Sleep And Wakefulness , Esther Leclerc
  8. 58. Twenty Gallons Of Sleep , Agnes Louise Storrie
  9. 59. Let The Night Sleep , Subbaraman N V
  10. 60. Sleep , Leigh Ladd
  11. 61. Child's Sleep Complaint (The Moonlight S.. , Chuck Audette
  12. 62. O Sleep, My Babe , Sara Coleridge
  13. 63. Sleep On! , William Schwenck Gilbert
  14. 64. Sleep , Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  15. 65. The House Of Sleep , Robert Fuller Murray
  16. 66. Care-Charming Sleep , John Fletcher
  17. 67. Sonnet Xvi: Happy In Sleep , Samuel Daniel
  18. 68. Love Recalled In Sleep , Robert Fuller Murray
  19. 69. Sleep , John Fletcher
  20. 70. Sleep! Sleep! Sleep! , jerine james
  21. 71. Yet A Little Sleep , Robert Fuller Murray
  22. 72. Sleep Flies Me , Robert Fuller Murray
  23. 73. Ode To Sleep , Pablius Papinius Statius
  24. 74. Sleep , Bravig Imbs
  25. 75. Sleep , Mathilde Blind
  26. 76. Endless Sleep , Katherine Grams
  27. 77. Sleep My Love Sleep , Alesia Leach
  28. 78. The City Of Sleep , Rudyard Kipling
  29. 79. My Angel, I Love To Watch You Sleep....... , Ravi Sathasivam
  30. 80. To His Watch, When He Could Not Sleep , Edward Herbert
  31. 81. Fragment Of A Sleep-Song , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  32. 82. Sleep , John Hay
  33. 83. Sleep Is Supposed To Be , Emily Dickinson
  34. 84. In Sleep , Richard Francis Burton
  35. 85. How Sleep The Brave , William Collins
  36. 86. Butterflies Sleep Under Leaves , elysabeth faslund
  37. 87. Sleep , lingaya maya
  38. 88. Lines.—i Cannot Sleep , Louisa Stuart Costello
  39. 89. I Sleep Poetry , Sylvia Chidi
  40. 90. There's Something Quieter Than Sleep , Emily Dickinson
  41. 91. The Sleep Of Reason , Vaun Moore
  42. 92. How Sweetly They Sleep , Not Long Left
  43. 93. They Clean The Streets Whilst The People.. , Not Long Left
  44. 94. You Like To Talk In Your Sleep , Jeff Fleischer
  45. 95. (a) 44 (Love/Passion) Sleep , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  46. 96. Sleep My Lovely , Herbert Nehrlich
  47. 97. Sleep Sleep Sleep , Hasmukh Amathalal
  48. 98. Years Of Beauty Sleep , Ted Sheridan
  49. 99. The Sleep-Worker , Thomas Hardy
  50. 100. To Sleep Or Not To Sleep? , Laurie Van der Hart
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