Edward Hirsch

(20 January 1950 / Chicago)

After A Long Insomniac Night - Poem by Edward Hirsch

I walked down to the sea in the early morning
after a long insomniac night.


I climbed over the giant gull-colored rocks
and moved past the trees,
tall dancers stretching their limbs
and warming up in the blue light.


I entered the salty water, a penitent
whose body was stained,
and swam toward a red star rising
in the east—regal, purple-robed.


One shore disappeared behind me
and another beckoned.
I confess
that I forgot the person I had been
as easily as the clouds drifting overhead.


My hands parted the water.
The wind pressed at my back, wings
and my soul floated over the whitecapped waves.

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Comments about After A Long Insomniac Night by Edward Hirsch

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (5/22/2014 6:27:00 PM)

    Nice one Edward keep it up (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Marquis De Piro (2/23/2014 5:52:00 AM)

    He is polished, confident, talented - do you want some more? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 20, 2012



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