Again, this book continues to inspire me, over and over. I first posted this blog post back in, December 2018 and then reblogged it again in, August 2020. Today I’ve added a little poem to it, from this book, as I feel it applies to what many of us have experienced during this pandemic.
A poem by American Poet, Weldon Kees,
” If this room is our world, then let
This world be damned. Open this roof
For one last monstrous flood
To sweep away this floor, these chairs,
This bed that takes me to no sleep.
Under the black sky of our circumstance,
Mumbling of wet barometers, I stare
At citied dust that soils the glass
While thunder perishes. The heroes perish
Miles from here. Their blood runs heavy in
Sweet, restless, clotted, sickening,
Runs to the rivers and the seas, the seas
That are the source of that devouring flood
That I await, that I must perish by. “
I’ve had many a night duking it out with my bed. Insomnia is a problem for many of us, especially creatives. Often, I turn to the ‘tried and true’ book for calming my mind and seducing me to slumber. The blue light from my iPhone keeps me awake, so I prefer to go back to basics with an old-fashioned book.
Poetry is a great choice for perusing, as our minds are most creative in the wee hours.
I have several poetry books to choose from, however, this is one of my favorites: Acquainted with The Night, Insomnia poems.
This is a fine collection of some sweet-little-gems, by some FANTASTIC Poets. Some of them well-known and some a bit more obscure (well, at least to mwah)
Inspired by this little book, I penned this poem in the throes of my sleepless agony one night, or shall I say one morning!
My heart is racing
tap, tap, tapping on the moon
this night is a bore
the quiet stillness
forget the blinds
up in the sky, pull-
pull them down
silly night, you cannot serenade me
seducing me into your spell
I fell into my mind
to forget to sleep in time, not mine.
Forever, ’til the end
only this silliness
forever and more
the quiet stillness
Here’s a list of some of the Poets who reside under the covers of this sweet little book.
- Elizabeth Bishop
- Joyce Carol Oates
- Dana Gioia
- Charles Simic
- William Shakespeare
- Umberto Saba
- King Tran Thai-Tong
- Emily Dickinson
- Robert Frost
- Walt Whitman