Monday, 24 March 2008

brian patten

The innocence of any flesh sleeping

Sleeping beside you I dreamt
I woke beside you;
Waking beside you
I thought I was dreaming

Have you ever slept beside an ocean
Well yes,
It is like this

The whole motion of landscapes, of oceans
Is within her.
She is
The innocence of any flesh sleeping,
So vulnerable
No protection is needed.

In such times
The heart opens,
Contains all there is,
There being no more than her.

In what country she is
I cannot tell
But knowing –
Because there is love
And it blots out all demons –
She is safe,
I can turn,
Sleep well beside her.

Waking beside her I am dreaming.
Dreaming of such wakings
I am to all love’s senses woken.

3 comments:

antonia said...

really like this one.

swiss said...

i really like brian patten but seem to have not read him in a long while. i'll post more soon

mmoneypenny said...

I SEEM TO HAVE OVERLOOKED THIS THE FIRST TIME, IT'S GREAT