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Sylvia Plath - Insomniac

The night is only a sort of carbon paper,
Blueblack, with the much-poked periods of stars
Letting in the light, peephole after peephole --
A bonewhite light, like death, behind all things.
Under the eyes of the stars and the moon's rictus
He suffers his desert pillow, sleeplessness
Stretching its fine, irritating sand in all directions.

Over and over the old, granular movie
Exposes embarrassments--the mizzling days
Of childhood and adolescence, sticky with dreams,
Parental faces on tall stalks, alternately stern and tearful,
A garden of buggy rose that made him cry.
His forehead is bumpy as a sack of rocks.
Memories jostle each other for face-room like obsolete film stars.

He is immune to pills: red, purple, blue --
How they lit the tedium of the protracted evening!
Those sugary planets whose influence won for him
A life baptized in no-life for a while,
And the sweet, drugged waking of a forgetful baby.
Now the pills are worn-out and silly, like classical gods.
Their poppy-sleepy colors do him no good.

His head is a little interior of grey mirrors.
Each gesture flees immediately down an alley
Of diminishing perspectives, and its significance
Drains like water out the hole at the far end.
He lives without privacy in a lidless room,
The bald slots of his eyes stiffened wide-open
On the incessant heat-lightning flicker of situations.

Nightlong, in the granite yard, invisible cats
Have been howling like women, or damaged instruments.
Already he can feel daylight, his white disease,
Creeping up with her hatful of trivial repetitions.
The city is a map of cheerful twitters now,
And everywhere people, eyes mica-silver and blank,
Are riding to work in rows, as if recently brainwashed.

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Insomniac - Comments and Information

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Insomniac
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1961

Comment 6 of 6, added on May 26th, 2013 at 8:14 AM.
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Comment 5 of 6, added on August 9th, 2012 at 5:37 AM.
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Nice blogpost, esailepcly since it matches your mysterious avatar: secrecy marketing meets personal branding Poetry bombing reminds me of a message I once found in my Scotch & Soda pants. To Whoever Finds This: you have the following choices 1. leave it where you found it for someone else to find it, 2. write a note with date and where you found it, and drop it in the mailbox, 3. give it to someone else, 4. enjoy it and have a good day. It was stitched somewhere inside.

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Comment 4 of 6, added on December 16th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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