Poems

Gwyneth Lewis: Two Poems

I Would if I Could The boring sleeps! Each day, at lunch, Dad took a ten‑ Minute nap “to keep The ball in the Air.” He juggled Fatigue. Woe betide The child who Woke him. Better To wait for The world to Restart.   Another story When he was old, Slipping into the quicksand Of the day‑ Long doze: “Remember! No matter What time of day or night You come, Wake me straight away! Do you promise?”   Gwyneth Lewis Translated from Welsh by the author     Old Age Judge Sisamnes was brought in front of his betters For…

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