Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SLEEPING TOGETHER, by KATHERINE MANSFIELD



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First Line: Sleeping together - how tired you were
Last Line: Sleeping together?... How tired you were....
Alternate Author Name(s): Murry, John Middleton, Mrs.; Beauchamp, Kathleen
Subject(s): Sleep


Sleeping together... how tired you were...
How warm our room... how the firelight spread
On walls and ceiling and great white bed!
We spoke in whispers as children do,
And now it was I -- and then it was you
Slept a moment, to wake -- "My dear,
I'm not at all sleepy," one of us said....

Was it a thousand years ago?
I woke in your arms -- you were sound asleep --
And heard the pattering sound of sheep.
Softly I slipped to the floor and crept
To the curtained window, then, while you slept,
I watched the sheep pass by in the snow.

O flock of thoughts with their shepherd Fear
Shivering, desolate, out in the cold,
That entered into my heart to fold!

A thousand years... was it yesterday
When we two children of far away,
Clinging close in the darkness, lay
Sleeping together?... How tired you were....





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