The Sleep Before

Poem by Jorge de Lima
Stop everything that keeps me form sleep:
Those cranes in the night,
that violent wind,
The last thought of those suicides.
Stop everything that keeps me from sleep:
Those infernal ghosts that open my eyelids,
This acceleration of my hear,
This echoing of things deserted and dumb.
Stop everything that keeps me from returning
to the sunlit sleep
That God gave me
Before He created me.

Translated by John Nist
(Contributed by Rozita on Friday, February 18th, 2011)
 
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