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Poem Title:  I Am Going To Sleep

Poem Category:  Remembrance Poems

Poet:  Alfonsina Storni

Poet Biography: 
Alfonsina Storni 1892-1938 was an Argentinian born poet whose personal life tragedy is reflected in her later poems



Poem: 
Perhaps this poets most moving poem as it is often regraded as her suicide note

Teeth of flowers, hairnet of dew,
hands of herbs, you, perfect wet nurse,
prepare the earthly sheets for me
and the down quilt of weeded moss.

I am going to sleep, my nurse, put me to bed.
Set a lamp at my headboard;
a constellation; whatever you like;
all are good: lower it a bit.

Leave me alone: you hear the buds breaking through . . .
a celestial foot rocks you from above
and a bird traces a pattern for you

so you'll forget . . . Thank you. Oh, one request:
if he telephones again
tell him not to keep trying for I have left . . .

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