Sunday, February 23, 2014

in the dreamland, words are wasted

Poet's Sleep, 1989, by Chang Houg Ahn 
bring me scrambled eggs
and a big mug of hot chocolate
I am so high on sleep now
there won't be a single peep
until you return
you don't need a stick to prod me with
I am in full form
trust me, words will come
I will fill the pages
it is neither a trial nor a test
let the sleep run its course
before it gets blown out by your arrival

reflected in the window
that table lamp gazes over me
while I absorb the book beneath my head

25 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

Absorbing tales while sleeping, I like it!

Who says we aren't learning, experiencing and creating while others think we aren't looking?

flaubert said...

What lovely and calm scene you have created with the words, Gautami. Nice.

Pamela

SK Waller said...

I'm so glad you mentioned the lamp! I saw it as a symbol of inspiration, but I didn't include it in my poem. My bad! :)

Berowne said...

Discerning and inventive; well done.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Great interpretation of the sketch.

Jinksy said...

Oh, to be high on sleep! I should be so lucky...

oldegg said...

Curiously I find sleep (not necessarily in the study) does help to be more creative and jumbled thoughts then form the words I was after.

Kathryn said...

Sleep can be a wonderful thing if you can get it.

Belva Rae Staples said...

Sleep is the best source of ideas. Great piece!

Kalpana Solsi said...

The hot chocolate should wake him up . But he may be ruminating while sleeping weaving poems and stories in his sub-conscious mind.

dxbnidblog said...

hahaha exactly but i would prefer a big mug of coffee.a neat and clear poem dxbnidblog

dxbnidblog said...

hahaha exactly but i would prefer a big mug of coffee.a neat and clear poem dxbnidblog

Sumana Roy said...

Sleep is gift of Nature to life.....
words go wonderfully with the picture
...

Bekkie Sanchez said...

A very enjoyable write!

Karen S. said...

I could feel myself floating within the scene, as one with me.

Laura said...

beautifully written.

Judy Roney said...

This makes me smile. Sleep and then write. I like the sureness that the words will come.

Kim Nelson said...

Deep sleep... good food... good company in the morning. Ideal.

Björn said...

I would love to be able to absorb a book I sleep on.

Rajlakshmi said...

Ahh sometimes even the hot chocolate doesn't work. Sleep overcomes all efforts. Beautiful play of imagery.

Kathe W. said...

oh yes- hot chocolate please!

grapeling said...

tasty :) ~

Helena said...

Sweet sleep! I loved the idea of prodding one awake with a stick!!

Tess Kincaid said...

Delicious...

keiths ramblings said...

Delightful - I suddenly feel very calm!