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Winter Sleep - Poem by Elinor Morton Wylie

When against earth a wooden heel
Clicks as loud as stone on steel,
When stone turns flour instead of flakes,
And frost bakes clay as fire bakes,
When the hard-bitten fields at last
Crack like iron flawed in the cast,
When the world is wicked and cross and old,
I long to be quit of the cruel cold.

Little birds like bubbles of glass
Fly to other Americas,
Birds as bright as sparkles of wine
Fly in the nite to the Argentine,
Birds of azure and flame-birds go
To the tropical Gulf of Mexico:
They chase the sun, they follow the heat,
It is sweet in their bones, O sweet, sweet, sweet!
It's not with them that I'd love to be,
But under the roots of the balsam tree.

Just as the spiniest chestnut-burr
Is lined within with the finest fur,
So the stoney-walled, snow-roofed house
Of every squirrel and mole and mouse
Is lined with thistledown, sea-gull's feather,
Velvet mullein-leaf, heaped together
With balsam and juniper, dry and curled,
Sweeter than anything else in the world.

O what a warm and darksome nest
Where the wildest things are hidden to rest!
It's there that I'd love to lie and sleep,
Soft, soft, soft, and deep, deep, deep!


Comments about Winter Sleep by Elinor Morton Wylie

  • Gold Star - 96,949 Points Susan Williams (2/17/2016 4:36:00 PM)

    Give her outrageous life style I can believe she would occasionally sit back and contemplate the latest married man [not married to her] and wonder if all the hullabaloo was worth it- -that makes her wish for southern climes far from the madding crowd.... but then the men had money and she didn't have to work and they would pay for the publication of her poetry. She wields a graceful pen but there doesn't seem to be any real sustenance in her lines. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Winter's Sorrow (3/15/2010 2:40:00 AM)

    One of the most beautiful and thoughful poems. Not sure why the low rating but rated this a 10. Thanks for posting. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sleep

  1. 51. Winter Sleep , Elinor Morton Wylie
  2. 52. Sleep Teases A Man , Daniil Ivanovich Kharms
  3. 53. Sleep To Dream , Victor Osorio
  4. 54. Sonnet Xxxix: Come, Sleep! , Sir Philip Sidney
  5. 55. Winter Sleep , Edith Matilda Thomas
  6. 56. In Search Of Sleep , C.J. Heck
  7. 57. Help Me, Sleep , Esther Leclerc
  8. 58. Between Sleep And Wakefulness , Esther Leclerc
  9. 59. Twenty Gallons Of Sleep , Agnes Louise Storrie
  10. 60. Let The Night Sleep , Subbaraman N V
  11. 61. Sleep , Leigh Ladd
  12. 62. O Sleep, My Babe , Sara Coleridge
  13. 63. Sleep , Mathilde Blind
  14. 64. Sleep On! , William Schwenck Gilbert
  15. 65. Sleep , John Fletcher
  16. 66. Sleep Waltz , Terence Winch
  17. 67. Care-Charming Sleep , John Fletcher
  18. 68. Sonnet Xvi: Happy In Sleep , Samuel Daniel
  19. 69. Sleep Is Supposed To Be , Emily Dickinson
  20. 70. Sleep! Sleep! Sleep! , jerine james
  21. 71. Ode To Sleep , Pablius Papinius Statius
  22. 72. Sleep , Bravig Imbs
  23. 73. My Angel, I Love To Watch You Sleep....... , Ravi Sathasivam
  24. 74. Endless Sleep , Katherine Grams
  25. 75. Sleep , Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  26. 76. Sleep My Love Sleep , Alesia Leach
  27. 77. The City Of Sleep , Rudyard Kipling
  28. 78. The House Of Sleep , Robert Fuller Murray
  29. 79. To His Watch, When He Could Not Sleep , Edward Herbert
  30. 80. * Sleep Enticeth Me... * , Shadigo Claws
  31. 81. Fragment Of A Sleep-Song , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  32. 82. Sleep , John Hay
  33. 83. Love Recalled In Sleep , Robert Fuller Murray
  34. 84. In Sleep , Richard Francis Burton
  35. 85. How Sleep The Brave , William Collins
  36. 86. Yet A Little Sleep , Robert Fuller Murray
  37. 87. Sleep Flies Me , Robert Fuller Murray
  38. 88. Butterflies Sleep Under Leaves , elysabeth faslund
  39. 89. Sleep , lingaya maya
  40. 90. Lines.—i Cannot Sleep , Louisa Stuart Costello
  41. 91. I Sleep Poetry , Sylvia Chidi
  42. 92. There's Something Quieter Than Sleep , Emily Dickinson
  43. 93. The Sleep Of Reason , Vaun Moore
  44. 94. The Sleep-Worker , Thomas Hardy
  45. 95. How Sweetly They Sleep , Not Long Left
  46. 96. They Clean The Streets Whilst The People.. , Not Long Left
  47. 97. Cry Myself To Sleep , Amber Millar
  48. 98. You Like To Talk In Your Sleep , Jeff Fleischer
  49. 99. (a) 44 (Love/Passion) Sleep , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  50. 100. Sleep My Lovely , Herbert Nehrlich
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