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Author Topic: poem to my insomnia  (Read 2012 times)

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poem to my insomnia
« on: July 10, 2006, 01:54:17 AM »
"Poem to be read at 3 a.m."

Excepting the diner
on the outskirts
the town of Ladora
at 3 a.m.
was dark but
for my headlights
and up in
one second-storey room
a single light
where someone
was sick or
perhaps reading
as i drove past
at seventy
not thinking
this poem
is for whoever
had the light on

-- Donald Justice

Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, final paragraph

 


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