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Poem by Elizabeth Bishop


The moon in the bureau mirror
looks out a million miles
(and perhaps with pride, at herself,
but she never, never smiles)
far and away beyond sleep, or
perhaps shes a daytime sleeper.

By the Universe deserted,
shed tell it to go to hell,
and shed find a body of water,
or a mirror, on which to dwell.
So wrap up care in a cobweb
and drop it down the well

into that world inverted
where left is always right,
where the shadows are really the body,
where we stay awake all night,
where the heavens are shallow as the sea
is now deep, and you love me.

Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop's other poems:
  1. Songs for a Colored Singer
  2. The Man-Moth
  3. At the Fishhouses
  4. O Breath
  5. Manners

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Dante Rossetti Insomnia ("Thin are the night-skirts left behind")
  • Madison Cawein Insomnia ("It seems that dawn will never climb")

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