Sleep Poems

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A Red Palm
by Gary Soto

You're in this dream of cotton plants.
You raise a hoe, swing, and the first weeds
Fall with a sigh. You take another step,
Chop, and the sigh comes again,
Until you yourself are breathing that way
With each step, a sigh that will follow you into town.

That's hours later. The sun is a red blister
Coming up in your palm. Your back is strong,
Young, not yet the broken chair


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by Dylan Thomas

When I was a windy boy and a bit
And the black spit of the chapel fold,
(Sighed the old ram rod, dying of women),
I tiptoed shy in the gooseberry wood,
The rude owl cried like a tell-tale tit,
I skipped in a blush as the big girls rolled
Nine-pin down on donkey's common,
And on seesaw sunday nights I wooed
Whoever I would with my wicked eyes,
The whole of the moon I could love and leave


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The Duel
by Eugene Field

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
'T was half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t' other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I wasn't there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)


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Dis Poetry
by Benjamin Zephaniah

Dis poetry is like a riddim dat drops
De tongue fires a riddim dat shoots like shots
Dis poetry is designed fe rantin
Dance hall style, big mouth chanting,
Dis poetry nar put yu to sleep
Preaching follow me
Like yu is blind sheep,
Dis poetry is not Party Political
Not designed fe dose who are critical.
Dis poetry is wid me when I gu to me bed


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by Maxine Kumin

Gassing the woodchucks didn't turn out right.
The knockout bomb from the Feed and Grain Exchange
was featured as merciful, quick at the bone
and the case we had against them was airtight,
both exits shoehorned shut with puddingstone,
but they had a sub-sub-basement out of range.

Next morning they turned up again, no worse
for the cyanide than we for our cigarettes
and state-store Scotch, all of us up to scratch.


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Recent Sleep Poems
Snuggled in Sunshine
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

lost in gold glamour
hammock trees whisper green breeze
lotus color sprees

a warm noon warning
of soon tangerine caress
dragonfly's address

swinging sage summer
June beauties in lemon squeeze


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Pieces of the Sleepless
by Brady Stewart

I cannot sleep
But the why isn't threatening
But it postpones the possibility,
Of a 6am wakeup.
I would like to say that annoys me
But kicking your toddler of a son
Off the bed,
Is disheartening.
Maybe Iā€™ll just write this


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A great slumber
by Rex Keener

There once was a fellow in slumber
Whose alarm clock caused quite a blunder
He snored on too long
And his day went all wrong
Now at lunch his eyes start to shudder

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by Richard Randolph

Wise men advise us to not look back, and that makes sense,
because whether our memories are happy or sad,
they cannot be changed or undone.
But the past is always there
whether we acknowledge it or not,
ready to haunt us at the mention of a name,
or in the wee hours of the night
when darkness makes time disappear
and the past reawakens in our minds.


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Laughter Recall
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

Playing in sunshine
is a twirling girl and cat
Meows and laughter
Romping away sweet moments
until the day is drowsing

In tall green grasses
pretty kitty's soon sleeping
in shadows of day
The orange sun's retreating


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Popular Famous Poets about Sleep
  • William Blake
    William Blake (39 poems about Sleep)
    28 November 1757 ā€“ 12 August 1827 / London
  • Algernon Charl Swinburne
    Algernon Charl Swinburne (38 poems about Sleep)
    5 April 1837 - 10 April 1909 / London
  • Rupert Brooke
    Rupert Brooke (32 poems about Sleep)
    1887-1915 / Warwickshire / England
  • Eugene Field
    Eugene Field (30 poems about Sleep)
    2 September 1850 - 4 November 1895 / St Louis / Missouri / United States
  • Philip Levine
    Philip Levine (28 poems about Sleep)
    January 10, 1928 / Detroit, Michigan
  • Robert Herrick
    Robert Herrick (24 poems about Sleep)
    1591-1674 / London / England
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (23 poems about Sleep)
    1792-1822 / Horsham / England
  •  Jean De La Fontaine
    Jean De La Fontaine (21 poems about Sleep)
    1621 - 1695 / Champagne / France
  • Emily Pauline Johnson
    Emily Pauline Johnson (20 poems about Sleep)
    Tekahionwake] (10 March 1861 ā€“ 7 March 1913 / Chiefswood, Ontario
  • John Keats
    John Keats (20 poems about Sleep)
    31 October 1795 ā€“ 23 February 1821 / London, England
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