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Poem by Madison Julius Cawein


Insomnia


It seems that dawn will never climb
The eastern hills;
And, clad in mist and flame and rime,
Make flashing highways of the rills.

The night is as an ancient way
Through some dead land,
Whereon the ghosts of Memory
And Sorrow wander hand in hand.

By which man's works ignoble seem,
Unbeautiful;
And grandeur, but the ruined dream
Of some proud queen, crowned with a skull.

A way past-peopled, dark and old,
That stretches far
Its only real thing, the cold
Vague light of sleep's one fitful star.



Madison Julius Cawein


Madison Julius Cawein's other poems:
  1. Hackelnberg
  2. Her Eyes
  3. Kentucky
  4. Pause
  5. Pictured


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Dante Rossetti Insomnia ("Thin are the night-skirts left behind")
  • Elizabeth Bishop Insomnia ("The moon in the bureau mirror")

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