Poetry / Poets

Sleep by Jeremy Nathan Marks

When a man is left to sleep
sleep when he feels his appetite
for rest wrestle from himself that greater
need to lay awake

Then he will begin to really think-
think not about what is
nor what is not
but allow sleep to let his body reach

For the untold feeling of the grass
pressed beneath it; the soil molding
his back and pups looping just so
in the tumble of their play

All of this done under a wide dome
of sky and the river moving it
towards the unseen sea that he
can taste-

This is what he is not fitted for
in those temples to his intelligence
whose stones are power washed
and you walk in upon buffed marble

Let that marble speak as he sleeps
flooring a palace hilled beyond
the looming green of a half dome
of grass, filling with skyward legs

The sky and eyes blue and brown looking
down from a long angled nose that is cold;
this is now what he is fitted not to think about.
If that be so, let yourself be thought-

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3 thoughts on “Sleep by Jeremy Nathan Marks

  1. Jeremy Nathan Marks is a St. Louis, Missouri born Marylander who came to Canada seven years ago and can’t decide if the cows he has been seeing in his dreams have been fat or have been thin. By moving away from his native land he somehow has become more connected with his roots. Poetry, photography and wild nature are his Muses while the PhD he came here to do has become more like a guest who has overstayed his welcome. His work has been published numerous places including The Blue Hour, Lake: A journal of arts and environment, and at The Camel Saloon. Three of his poems will be forth coming in the summer edition of the Wilderness House Literary Review. He and his wife Michelle live with their animal family in London, Ontario.

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