And to Sleep


And to Sleep

and what we
sense if not
of our selves

or within this
space we contain
may be of

no thing touched
by one’s fluttering
eye as if

awake we see
even less the
dreams of course

real though we
hold them only
in our sleep


Another poem from the 80s. “And to Sleep” first appeared here in February 2015.

14 thoughts on “And to Sleep

  1. I see future echoes of your writing, but largely, this one seems more imagistic to my mind. The diction is shorter, punchier (very few heavier or more technical Latinate/Greek words here, to my mind, in comparison with your 2000s-2010s work) and the line-break philosophy seems to be different. In short, this is good, but how nicely your work has matured, Bob!

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