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Ezra Pound - Before Sleep

The lateral vibrations caress me, 
They leap and caress me, 
They work pathetically in my favour, 
They seek my financial good. 

She of the spear stands present. 
The gods of the underworld attend me, O Annubis, 
These are they of thy company. 
With a pathetic solicitude they attend me; 
Their realm is the lateral courses. 

I am up to follow thee, Pallas. 
Up and out of their caresses. 
You were gone up as a rocket, 
Bending your passages from right to left and from left to right 
In the flat projection of a spiral. 
The gods of drugged sleep attend me, 
Wishing me well; 
I am up to follow thee, Pallas.

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: Before Sleep
Poem of the Day: Nov 14 2000

Comment 5 of 5, added on September 19th, 2011 at 12:51 AM.
Before Sleep - ezra pound

If this poem is meant to stir, which I think poems are.. well let me just say that /.... it left me flat.

bev from Canada
Comment 4 of 5, added on December 25th, 2010 at 4:47 PM.
Before Sleep

"The gods of the underworld attend me, O Annubis,"
A·nu·bis   /əˈnubɪs, əˈnyu-/ [uh-noo-bis, uh-nyoo-]
–noun Egyptian Religion .
the god of tombs and weigher of the hearts of the dead: represented as having the head of a jackal.

Sheryl Skoglund from United States
Comment 3 of 5, added on December 23rd, 2010 at 8:29 PM.

Also called Pallas Athena. Classical Mythology . Athena ( def. 1 ) .
2. Astronomy . the second largest and one of the four brightest asteroids.

Sheryl Skoglund from United States

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