A New Metre: Poetry Archive

“. . . written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond . . .” —Jeremiah 17:1

Wind of Sleep

For me, there’s ne’er a healing breeze that blows
between the thistles scatter’d through the rows
of poppies nodding their slumberous brows —
no slipping of the strings of Morpheus’ lyre.

Never sleep nor sleeping-draught can pale
already-wan figures dancing in the gale
of ice that tatters more the furied sail
above my ship that siren-ward is thrown.

Hurts for healing, here they’ve been and passed;
and nights for slumb’ring — nights must end at last.
Beaten slinks the sail from off my mast,
and Morpheus’ hands for aye lie still.

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