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The Sleeper.

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English Poetry, Uncategorized

Before the dawn, before the expected alarm,
Came the squawk and croak of Corvinus.

His beak tapping bins, coding that thing
Between dark of night and grey of morning.

Here lingers on the grainy night vision,
Thickly mined with links to darker places.

The curtain folds seem solid black bars.
Set against the light…Against the sleeper’s escape.

©Copyright Fergus Carty 2012

9 Comments

  1. kanchana says:

    is it something about waking up even before there is enough light to say it’s dawn ,because of the raven ?

    • Gion Gion says:

      @kanchana,
      Thanks for reading and commenting.
      Yes in a literal sense. Disturbed sleep and dragging time spent with worries before the light of day.
      The raven is an ill omen.
      The last verse is about elusive clarity and understanding,
      Fergus

  2. Hi
    One gets the feeling of the sleeper coming to consciousness and feeling the daylight play upon the curtains,he cannot escape into sleep again.
    Loved the lines ‘His beak tapping bins, coding that thing
    Between dark of night and grey of morning.’.
    The antithetical colour tones are well woven.
    sarala

    • Gion Gion says:

      @SARALA KURUP JAGAN,
      Yes Sarala, that is part of it.
      With regard to the lines you have quoted and the next two I was drawing on knowledge of something(Morse Code- computer code) but our incomplete understanding of that thing.
      Corvinus I chose as a the name of worry and apprehension.

  3. Vishvnand says:

    When I read the poem first repeatedly I could only grope in the dark
    Now that I could read the comments and your clarifications I am seeing the light & I am awake
    A beautiful difficult poem
    commends

  4. rajdeep bhattacharya says:

    Beautiful

  5. medhini says:

    Gion, I share Vishvji’s view & experience.
    Elegant but hard.

  6. parminder says:

    Took some time to grasp. But later, beautiful!

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