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variations on the word sleep - Margaret atwood

"... I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary..." I met these two lines long before i met the rest of the poem, or even some of Atwood's prose. It was only recently that i mustered up the courage to read the rest of the poem. And it did not disappoint. I personally believe that every poet writes an "i want' poem that speaks to desire, the bed for real human connection, alienation and unrealised dreams, or ambition that is too explosive for realism, lusts for life whose only destiny is to be laid to rest on a blank page. This is an 'i want' poem. a reverie. Using the metaphor of sleep, Atwood explores the deepest corners of relationship, of what it means to love someone, to be together, to live as one, but also as two people whose 'beings' seamlessly binds, without friction. The imagery of breath allows for a duality of lightness of form, and depth of purpose. She confronts fear, and support and the sublime surrender of caring for another; but a care that is gentle and non intrusive - like air.






Paintings: Van Gogh- Noon: rest from work, Henri Rousseau- The sleeping gypsy, Roy Lichtenstein- sleeping girl #Margaretatwood #variationsonthewordsleep #sleep #poetry #poetrydaily #dailypoetry #apoemaday #poemaday #poetrycommunity #writerscommunity #poetsresist #artistsunite #poems #Canadianpoetry #englishpoetry #instapoetry #poetsofig #poemsofig #instapoets #writeaway #dailypoet #words #writer #poet #wordporn #artfrees

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