I wake and feel the fell of dark

I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
What hours, O what black hours we have spent
This night! what sights you, heart, saw; ways you went!
And more must, in yet longer light’s delay.
With witness I speak this. But where I say
Hours I mean yours, mean life. And my lament
Is cries countless, cries like dead letters sent
To dearest him that lives alas! away.

I am gall, I am heartburn. God’s most deep decree
Bitter would have me taste; my taste was me;
Bones built in me, flesh filled, blood brimmed the curse
Selfyeast of spirit a dull dough sours. I see
The lost are like this, and their scourge to be
As I am mine, their sweating selves; but worse.

-Gerard Manley Hopkins

Awake

Cave

This poem comes from a book lent to me by a friend today. I was already aware of his poetry, having been directed to look at him by one of my university supervisors, but this poem seems to encapsulate how I have felt in the past few weeks while lying awake, unable to sleep until the small hours, or not so small hours, of the morning.

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One Response to “I wake and feel the fell of dark”

  1. Dale Campbell Says:

    Gerald Manley Hopkins – Everything I read I loooove. Must find a book of his poetry!
    -d-

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