Linda Pastan – A Dreamy Poem



“Personal Values” by Rene McGritte (1951-52)

I love Linda Pastan, Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991-1995. Many of her poems swim in dreams.  Here visual art inspires her poetry and reverie.

I hope you will add your favorite poems, especially those that are dream-inspired.

Le Sens de la Nuit
Magritte, oil of canvas, 1927

Here are some clues
to The Meaning of Night:
pieces of bright foam estranged
from the sea; a woman wrapped
in a cage of winglike shapes;
the formal back of one man twinned
to the front of another –
or are they really the same man,
and could he be the undertaker of the day?

If there is a meaning to night
is it contained here, or must we search
through the dreams that lap
behind our closed lids as we sleep
like the small waves in the painting
which, when the day is over
and the museum shuts down,
go back to the dark sea
they came from?

Linda Pastan (1998). Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. Copyrighted material used for educational purposes.

You can find this poem on the Web at: http://www.poetryfoundation.or…..!/40733297

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