Jacob Polley: Decree

Once again, I’ve been searching the Poetry Archive for a night-themed poem to give you before settling down to bed.

I came up with this:

Decree, by Jacob Polley

‘At five a.m. don’t worry, sleep
and dream the un-negotiated deep
while the moon falls back to her day-blue keep
and her mercenary stars retreat.’

Read the rest of the poem (or, even better, listen to Polley reading it himself) here.

Alright, so I’m well aware that I’m posting this poem at the wrong time of night, but I’m posting it now for three reasons:

  1. It’s a beautifully musical poem that does a wonderful job at describing that time where it’s not quite night, and not yet morning.
  2. The rest of Jacob Polley’s poetry is also well worth checking out, so for those people who do fancy staying up until five in the morning, that would be a very worthwhile way to spend the hours between now and then. More here.
  3. I myself fully intend to be in bed and sleeping by five in the morning. To which end, I bid you good night, and happy poetry reading. Sleep well!

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