Monday, November 5, 2012


“I would like to watch you sleeping,


which may not happen.

I would like to watch you,

sleeping. I would like to sleep

with you, to enter

...your sleep as its smooth dark wave

slides over my head



and walk with you through that lucent

wavering forest of bluegreen leaves

with its watery sun & three moons

towards the cave where you must descend,

towards your worst fear



I would like to give you the silver

branch, the small white flower, the one

word that will protect you

from the grief at the center

of your dream, from the grief

at the center. I would like to follow

you up the long stairway

again & become

the boat that would row you back

carefully, a flame

in two cupped hands

to where your body lies

beside me, and you enter

it as easily as breathing in



I would like to be the air

that inhabits you for a moment

only. I would like to be that unnoticed

& that necessary.”

— Variation On the Word Sleep; Margaret Atwood

3 comments:

kenza said...

Beautiful!
There is one a little similar by Pablo Neruda.
Kisses from Mexico.

A Cuban In London said...

You gotta love Atwood. Everything she touches turns to magic. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Robin said...

Oh lovely.....and coming at a time when I needed to read those words... I love Atwood.

Big Hugs - always,

♥ Robin ♥