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ShadyartisanArya Nov 8th, 2019 89 Never
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  2. Variations on the Word Sleep
  3. By Margaret Atwood
  4.  
  5. I would like to watch you sleeping,
  6. which may not happen.
  7. I would like to watch you,
  8. sleeping. I would like to sleep
  9. with you, to enter
  10. your sleep as its smooth dark wave
  11. slides over my head and walk with you through that lucent
  12. wavering forest of bluegreen leaves
  13. with its watery sun & three moons
  14. towards the cave where you must descend,
  15. towards your worst fear.
  16.  
  17. I would like to give you the silver
  18. branch, the small white flower, the one
  19. word that will protect you
  20. from the grief at the center
  21. of your dream, from the grief
  22. at the center.
  23.  
  24. I would like to follow
  25. you up the long stairway
  26. again and become
  27. the boat that would row you back
  28. carefully, a flame
  29. in two cupped hands
  30. to where your body lies
  31. beside me, and you enter
  32. it as easily as breathing in
  33.  
  34. I would like to be the air
  35. that inhabits you for a moment
  36. only. I would like to be that unnoticed
  37. and that necessary.
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